Monmouth County, New Jersey, Man Admits Possessing Explicit Images Of 12-Year Old Pennsylvania Girl
TRENTON, N.J. – A Monmouth County, New Jersey, man today admitted possessing sexually explicit images of a 12-year old Pennsylvania girl with whom he had an online relationship, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Chad Weber, 22, of Colt’s Neck, New Jersey, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of possessing images of child pornography.
According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court:
In April 2013, law enforcement agents learned Weber had been communicating with a 12-year-old girl from Pennsylvania. The agents obtained and reviewed copies of various chat logs and other internet-based messages, which reflect Weber’s online communications with the victim between February 2013 and April 2013. Many of these communications were sexually explicit. Weber and the victim also traded sexually explicit photographs of each other through the internet and discussed the photographs in online chats. During some of these communications, Weber acknowledged that the victim was 12 years old. Weber admitted possessing these sexually explicit photographs of the minor victim on his cell phone and computer.
As part of his guilty plea, Weber must forfeit the computer and cell phone he used to commit the offense. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.
The possession of child pornography count to which Weber pleaded guilty carries a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for June 22, 2015.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Kevin Kelly in Newark, for the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Molly Lorber of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.
Defense counsel: Brian P. Reilly Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trenton