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Monmouth County, New Jersey, Man Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Possessing, Distributing Images Of Child Sexual Abuse

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

TRENTON, N.J. – A Long Branch, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 72 months in prison for using his computer to possess and distribute images of child sexual abuse via a peer-to-peer file-sharing network, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Donald Haring, 62, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to an information charging him with possession and distribution of child pornography. Judge Wolfson imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

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

Haring admitted that he knowingly used a computer from his home to share images and videos of child sexual abuse with other members of a publicly-available, peer-to-peer file-sharing network. Haring also admitted to possessing at least three videos and 600 images of child sexual abuse on his computer and other electronic devices.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Wolfson sentenced Haring to five years of supervised release.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Brian A. Michael, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan M. Peck of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

Defense counsel: Charles M. Moriarty Esq.

Updated April 26, 2017

Press Release Number: 17-130