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Former Partner In International Law Firm Sentenced To More Than 17 Years In Prison For Sex Trafficking Of A Minor, Distributing Images Of Child Sexual Abuse

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

NEWARK, N.J. – A Bergen County, N.J., man admitted today to engaging in the sex trafficking of a young boy and distributing child pornography over the Internet and was sentenced during the same proceeding to 210 monthsin prison. He was also ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution to his victims, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Edward M. De Sear, 67, of Saddle River, N.J., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini to a superseding information charging him with one count of sex trafficking of a child and four counts of distributing child pornography. Judge Martini imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

At the time of his initial arrest in July 2011 on a federal complaint charging him with distribution of child pornography, De Sear was a partner at the New York office of a prominent international law firm. He was released on bail and taken into custody again in August 2012, when he was charged in an indictment with multiple offenses related to images of children being sexually abused.

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

De Sear admitted that in June 2011, he arranged for a young boy to travel from Paris to Brussels, Belgium, and sexually abused the child. De Sear facilitated the boy’s international travel by, among other means, paying cash to the boy’s father.

On several occasions between May 2010 and February 2011, De Sear also distributed hundreds of video and image files depicting young children being sexually abused, sometimes violently, via a peer-to-peer file-sharing program.

In addition to the prison term and restitution, Judge Martini ordered De Sear to pay a $25,000 fine and sentenced him to a lifetime of supervised release He is also required to register as a sex offender.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in Newark, for the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea and sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shirley U. Emehelu and Leslie F. Schwartz of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.


Defense counsel: John Vazquez and Michael Critchley Sr., Esqs., Roseland, N.J. 

De Sear, Edward Superseding Information

Updated August 20, 2015