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Cumberland County Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Cumberland County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 96 months in prison for distributing and possessing images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Edwin Torres, aka “Macho Torres,” 39, of Bridgeton, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Karen M. Williams to one possession of child pornography. Judge Williams imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

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

In May 2020, a user of a social media application uploaded to a public chat group multiple videos of child sexual abuse from an internet provider address linked to Torres’ residence. In September 2021, law enforcement agents executed search warrants at Torres’ residence and on a Google account associated with the social media account used to distribute the videos in May 2020. The Google account, which also had been accessed from Torres’ residence, contained over 100 videos of child sexual abuse, including videos whose content matched the videos distributed in May 2020. During the search of Torres’ residence, agents seized Torres’ cellular telephone, which had been used to access the same Google account. 

In addition to the prison term, Judge Williams sentenced Torres to five years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $15,000 in restitution.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI Newark Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task force, and the Atlantic City Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae, for its assistance in the investigation. 

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Bender of the Camden Office.

Updated December 14, 2022

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