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Former Nursery School Teacher, Camp Counselor Gets 97 Months In Prison For Receiving Sexually Explicit Images Of Children

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

TRENTON, N.J. – A Monmouth County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 97 months in prison for downloading sexually explicit videos and images of children to his home computer, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

James Paroline, 28, of Red Bank, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to Count One of an indictment charging him with receiving child pornography. Judge Wolfson imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

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

Paroline was employed in Monmouth County as an assistant at a nursery school and as a summer camp counselor at a private school. Between Feb. 26, 2015, and March 2, 2015, Paroline accessed a website known as “PlayPen,” an underground online bulletin board and website dedicated to the advertisement and distribution of child pornography. During that period, Paroline logged into PlayPen under the username “jimbobtropolis,” which he had registered with PlayPen using his personal email address, and downloaded multiple videos and images depicting the sexual abuse of children from the website.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Wolfson sentenced Paroline to 10 years of supervised release.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark, with the investigation. He also thanked officers of the Red Bank Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Darren McConnell; officers of the Middletown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Craig Weber; and detectives of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni; for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Brendan Day of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.

Defense counsel: Darren Gelber Esq., Woodbridge, New Jersey

Updated August 15, 2017

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