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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Man Gets Over 10 Years In Prison For Distributing Child Pornography

NEWARK, N.J. – A High Bridge, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 121 months in prison for distributing images of child sexual abuse over the internet, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Darrel Underhill, 74, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to an information charging him with one count of distributing child pornography. Judge McNulty imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

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

Underhill used a peer-to-peer file sharing program on his computer to download videos and images of child sexual abuse. In October 2016, law enforcement downloaded over three dozen such videos from Underhill’s computer. After executing a search warrant at Underhill’s home in March 2017, agents located nearly 1000 videos and over 12,000 images of child sexual abuse on Underhill’s computers. Underhill admitted that he was making videos available for others to download.

In addition to the prison term, Judge McNulty sentenced Underhill to five years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Homeland Security Investigation’s (HSI) Newark Division, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Brian Michael, with the investigation.

The government is represented by Senior Litigation Counsel Mark J. McCarren of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Special Prosecutions Division in Newark.

Defense counsel: Lisa Mack Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender

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Updated March 28, 2018