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Former Somerset County, New Jersey, Music Teacher Sentenced To Two Years In Prison For Possessing Images Of Child Sexual Abuse

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

TRENTON, N.J. – A Somerset County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for possessing images of child sexual abuse on his computer, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Cliff Ramsay, 31, of Raritan, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to an information charging him with one count of possession of child pornography. Judge Wolfson imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

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

On Feb. 25, 2015, and Feb. 27, 2015, Ramsay – at the time a music teacher at a public middle school in Hunterdon County – accessed a website known to contain images, videos, and other material containing images of child sexual abuse. A search warrant was executed at Ramsay’s home on July 28, 2015, and numerous files containing child pornography were found on his computer.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Wolfson sentenced Ramsay to five years of supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson; the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Anthony P. Kearns III; the Raritan Police Department, under the direction of Chief Kenneth McCormick; and the Readington Police Department, under the direction of Chief Sebastian Donaruma, for their assistance with this investigation.

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: Joshua D. Altman Esq., Trenton

Updated September 1, 2016

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