Canadian Man Admits Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography
NEWARK, N.J. – A Bronx, New York, man admitted possessing and distributing images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.
Perth De, aka “Parthasarthie Kapoor,” 48, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On Jan. 21, 2020, De was arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport pursuant to a fugitive warrant issued by on behalf of the government of Canada, which previously charged De with sexually assaulting minors. During a search incident to De’s arrest, law enforcement found several cellular phones in De’s luggage. A subsequent forensic examination of one of the cellular phones revealed numerous videos of children being sexually abused. The forensic examination further revealed that some of the videos had been distributed from the cellular phone.
The charge of distribution of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The charge of possession of child pornography carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 19, 2022.
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina, and with the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, with the investigation leading to these charges.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kendall Randolph of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Organized Crime and Gangs Unit in Newark.