Hudson County, New Jersey, Man Admits Distributing Child Pornography
NEWARK, N.J. – A Hudson County, New Jersey, man today admitted distributing images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Todd Walsh, 41, of Hoboken, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of distributing child pornography.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From September 2016 through November 2017, undercover officers accessed an Internet-based video conferencing application and observed that a user, identified as Walsh, used the application to display images of child sexual abuse, including images of prepubescent children, to other users of the application.
The count of distributing child pornography to which Walsh pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for June 25, 2019.
U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito credited special agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian Michael, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. He also thanked the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and the Hoboken Police Department for their work on this case.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ailyn Abin of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.
Defense counsel: Saverio Viggiano Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark