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Monday, January 9, 2023

Repeat Offender Admits Possessing Child Pornography

NEWARK, N.J. – A Somerset County, New Jersey, man today admitted possessing multiple images and videos of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

John Schulenburg, 67, of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez in Newark federal court to a superseding information charging him with possession of child pornography.  

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

In July 2019, an undercover law enforcement officer conducted an online session using a publicly available peer-to-peer program, which allows internet users to trade digital files. During this session, a user shared multiple files featuring images of child sexual abuse from an internet address traced to Schulenburg’s residence. On Nov. 6, 2019, law enforcement lawfully obtained a computer from Schulenburg’s residence that contained hundreds of images and videos of child sexual abuse, including images of prepubescent children.

Schulenburg was previously convicted of endangering the welfare of a child/possession of child pornography in Somerset County in 2013. For a repeat offender, the charge of possession of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison, a maximum of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for May 22, 2023.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents with the Newark Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, under the direction of FBI Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark, with the investigation leading to the guilty plea. He also thanked the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office for its assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Barnes of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

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Updated January 9, 2023