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Hudson County, N.J., Man Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison For Distribution Of Child Pornography

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

NEWARK, N.J. - A Hudson County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 96 months in prison for distributing images and videos of child sex abuse over the Internet, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Jonathan Martin, 24, of Jersey City, N.J., and Short Hills, N.J., previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to Count One of an indictment charging him with knowing distribution of child pornography. Judge Chesler imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

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

Martin admitted that on April 30, 2012, he made images and videos of child sexual abuse that were stored on his home computer available for others to download via an online peer-to-peer file-sharing network. On that date, an undercover law enforcement agent successfully downloaded from Martin 15 images files of child pornography via the file sharing network.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Chesler sentenced Martin to five years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $35,000 in restitution.

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, and the Jersey City Police Department, under the direction of Chief Robert Cowan, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Danielle Alfonzo Walsman of the U.S. Attorney's Office Criminal Division in Newark.


Defense counsel: Alan Zegas Esq., Chatham, N.J.
Updated March 18, 2015