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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Atlantic County Man Admits Possession of Child Pornography

CAMDEN, N.J. – An Atlantic County, New Jersey, man today admitted to receiving and possessing videos and images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Jack Underwood, 31, of Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of possession of child pornography.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Underwood used a social networking site that allows users to interact and engage in both conversations and the exchanging of images and videos. From September 2017 through March 2018, the site reported several caches of child pornography found within accounts linked to Underwood. After executing a search warrant at Underwood’s home in December 2018, agents located more images of child sexual abuse on Underwood’s mobile telephone. Underwood has a previous conviction for the same charge, where he served 54 months of incarceration and was placed on a lifetime of supervised release. This new conviction constitutes a violation of his supervised release.

The possession of child pornography charge to which Underwood pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. He also faces an additional mandatory minimum of five years in prison for violating his supervised release by committing another child pornography offense. Underwood will be required to continue registering as a sex offender. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 21, 2020.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alisa Shver of the Camden office.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Press Release Number: 
19-371
Updated November 19, 2019