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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 9, 2021

Atlantic County, New Jersey, Man Sentenced to 210 Months in Prison for Distributing Images of Child Sexual Abuse

CAMDEN, N.J. – An Atlantic County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 210 months in prison for his role in distributing images of child sexual abuse, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Carlos Santiago-Gomez, 31, of Absecon, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden federal court to one count of distributing images of child pornography. U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

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

On March 27, 2018, law enforcement officers from the FBI’s Atlantic City Child Exploitation Task Force executed a search warrant at Santiago-Gomez’s residence in Absecon, New Jersey, and seized multiple items of digital evidence, including cell phones, CDs, thumb drives, hard drives and computers, which contained thousands of images of child sexual abuse. Agents also located evidence showing that in July and August 2017, Santiago-Gomez posted videos of child sexual abuse on at least two KIK instant message groups, while also acting as the administrator of one of those groups.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Kugler sentenced Santiago-Gomez to 10 years of supervised release. 

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr. in Newark; the N.J. State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan; the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner; the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Eric Scheffler; and N.J. Human Services Police, under the direction of Director Timothy J. Gallagher, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diana Carrig of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Press Release Number: 
21-126
Updated April 9, 2021