Bergen County, N.J., Man Sentenced To 63 Months In Prison For Receiving Images Of Child Sexual Abuse Over The Internet
TRENTON, N.J. - A Bergen County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 63 months in prison for downloading images and videos depicting child sexual abuse on a computer at his parents’ house, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Joshua Babilonia, 24, Fair Lawn, New Jersey previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano to an information charging him with one count of receiving images of child sex abuse over the Internet. Judge Pisano imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Special agents of the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI) executed a search warrant on Sept. 13, 2012, at the residence of Babilonia’s parents. Agents seized digital evidence that contained more than 600 images and a large number of videos depicting child sexual abuse, including material that involved prepubescent minors and portrayed sadistic or masochistic conduct. The evidence seized included three files previously downloaded from Babilonia by law enforcement agents working in an undercover capacity on a peer-to-peer network.
During his plea hearing, Babilonia admitted he was a member of the online network between January 2011 and September 2012 and searched for and downloaded images of child sexual abuse. He also admitted that his files were viewable and downloadable by others on the network.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Pisano sentenced Babilonia to five years of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution of $6,000. He is also required to register as a sex offender.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of ICE HSI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Andrew M. McLees in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Danielle M. Corcione of the U.S. Attorney=s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.
14-368Defense counsel: Adolph Galluccio Esq., Totowa, N.J.