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Mercer County, New Jersey, School Bus Driver Admits Distributing Images Of Child Sexual Abuse

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

TRENTON, N.J. – A Yardville, New Jersey, man today admitted using his e-mail account to distribute images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Christopher Walsh, 31, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of receiving and distributing child pornography.

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

From June 15, 2014 through Jan. 10, 2016, Walsh’s email account either sent or received a total of 1,590 files that contained content constituting child pornography. Walsh, who was a school bus driver, admitted today that on Aug. 2, 2015, he knowingly emailed a video depicting child sexual abuse to another individual.

Walsh faces a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to a lifetime of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Terence S. Opiola, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Molly S. Lorber of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.

Defense counsel:  Assistant Federal Public Defender Lisa Van Hoeck Esq., Trenton, New Jersey.

Updated February 24, 2017

Press Release Number: 17-050