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Essex County, New Jersey, Man Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For Recording His Sexual Abuse Of A Girl

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

NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man was sentenced to 360 months in prison today for inducing a girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct while he took pictures and video, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Pedro Rios, 59, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to Counts One through Five and Count Seven of a superseding indictment charging him with sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography. Judge Chesler imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

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

Rios admitted that on five separate dates between March 4, 2008 and Nov. 8, 2011, he induced a girl under the age of 12 to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of taking pictures and videos of the child’s genitals and the sexually explicit conduct. Rios’s also admitted that he possessed images of child sexual abuse on Feb. 5, 2013. Several of the videos charged in the superseding indictment depict Rios’s abuse of the child victim in the cab of a tractor trailer truck.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Chesler sentenced Rios to a lifetime of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI Newark Division’s Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel; the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray; and the N.J. Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant United States Attorneys Danielle Alfonzo Walsman and Jonathan W. Romankow of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Newark.

Defense counsel: Brian J. Neary Esq., Hackensack, New Jersey

Updated September 9, 2015

Press Release Number: 15-326