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Mercer County, New Jersey, School Bus Driver Arrested On Charges Of Distributing Images Of Child Sexual Abuse

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

TRENTON N.J. – A Mercer County, New Jersey, man is scheduled to make his initial court appearance today on charges that he distributed images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Christopher Walsh, 31, of Yardville, New Jersey, a school bus driver, was arrested on the evening of March 10, 2016, and charged by complaint with three counts of distributing images or video files containing child pornography via e-mail.  He is due to appear later today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Arpert in Trenton federal court.

According to the criminal complaint:

From June 15, 2014, to Jan. 10, 2016, Walsh’s e-mail account either sent or received 1,590 files that contained images of child sexual abuse. On Oct. 19, 2014, Walsh e-mailed another person an image depicting child sexual abuse, stating that Walsh himself was depicted in the image.  From July 30, 2015, to Aug. 2, 2015, Walsh exchanged e-mails with another email user in which he stated that he liked young children, that he was babysitting for particular children of whom he hoped to get photographs and with whom he hoped to “play,” and that one of the children had Down’s syndrome. During the exchange, Walsh sent a video depicting child sexual abuse to the other user. 

Walsh also sent additional videos to another email account on Aug. 5, 2015, stating that he, Walsh, created one video and that the other video depicted a child he had met on a school trip.

Each count of distribution of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

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 the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Molly S. Lorber and Elisa T. Wiygul of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated September 16, 2016

Topic
Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 16-068