Essex County, N.J., Man Charged With Distributing Sexually Explicit Images Of Children
NEWARK, N.J. – Special agents of the FBI arrested a Bloomfield Township, New Jersey, man this morning on charges that he distributed sexually explicit images of children from his home computer, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Paul J. Spisto, 52, is charged by complaint with two counts of distributing images of child pornography over the Internet. He is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark federal court.
According to the complaint:
On Dec. 3, 2012, and Dec. 24, 2012, Spisto distributed videos and images depicting child sexual abuse on the Internet via a Usenet newsgroup, which allowed others access to the material. An undercover agent discovered and downloaded the images and videos; the username and IP address of the distributor were traced back to Spisto’s residence.
Each distribution count carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s arrest.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry A. Kamar of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.
The charge and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Defense counsel: Scott Telson Esq., Edison, New Jersey