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Former Warren County Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Receiving and Possessing Images of Child Sexual Abuse

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

NEWARK, N.J. – A former Warren County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 168 months of prison for receiving and possessing images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Derrick Baer, 36, formerly of Pohatcong, New Jersey, was convicted April 9, 2019, of one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography following a six-day trial before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi, who imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:

In May 2010, in connection with an investigation into a suspicious death at Baer’s residence, law enforcement obtained Baer’s consent to seize computer equipment from the residence. That equipment contained at least 348 images and 33 video files of child sexual abuse.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Cecchi sentenced Baer to lifetime supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark; the Pohatcong Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief Scott Robb; the N.J. Regional Computer Forensics Lab; and the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Richard T. Burke, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney David W. Feder, Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit in Newark.

Updated November 19, 2019

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 19-372