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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

Monday, June 17, 2019

Somerset County, New Jersey, Man Sentenced To Seven Years In Prison For Interstate Travel To Engage In Illicit Sexual Conduct And Receipt Of Child Pornography

TRENTON, N.J. – A Somerset County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 84 months in prison for interstate travel to engage in sexual activity with a minor and receipt of images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Stephen Bradley Mell, 53, of Far Hills, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct and one count of receipt of child pornography.

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

From July 2017 through December 2017, Mell knowingly traveled in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in the production of child pornography and sexual acts with a minor who he knew to be less than 17 years of age. Mell also admitted knowingly receiving child pornography in interstate commerce during the same period.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Martinotti sentenced Mell to five years of supervised release, fined him $40,000 and ordered him to pay restitution of $35,200 and a Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act assessment of $5,000.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Danielle Alfonzo Walsman, Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Public Protection Unit.

Defense counsel: Robert Bianchi Esq., West Caldwell, New Jersey; David Bruno Esq., West Caldwell; Michael Koribanics Esq., Clifton, New Jersey; and John Whipple, Morristown, New Jersey

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Updated June 17, 2019