New Jersey Corrections Officer Charged with Receipt of Child Pornography
NEWARK, N.J. – A corrections officer with the N.J. Department of Corrections was arrested and charged today with receiving images of child sexual abuse, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.
Stephen Salamak, 37, of Lodi, New Jersey, was arrested at his home by special agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and charged by complaint with one count of receiving child pornography. Salamak made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson. He was released on $125,000 unsecured bond, with home confinement and electronic location monitoring.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Salamak used email to seek and obtain images of child sexual abuse, including images of prepubescent children.
The charge of receiving child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.
Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents of ICE HSI, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Debra Parker; and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal, with the investigation leading to today’s charge and arrest.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Danielle Alfonzo Walsman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.
The charge and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.