Somerset County, N.J., Man Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography
TRENTON, N.J. – A Somerset County, N.J., man made his initial court appearance today after being arrested for allegedly possessing multiple, sexually suggestive images of children, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Patrick T. Deck, 53, of Watchung, N.J., is charged by Complaint with one count of possessing child pornography. He made his initial court appearance this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni in Trenton federal court and was detained without bail.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
In August 2012, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Deck’s residence. They determined that Deck’s laptop computer contained multiple images of child pornography, which appeared to have been downloaded from the Internet.
The possession of child pornography count with which Deck is charged is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Andrew M. McLees in Newark, for the investigation leading to the arrest. Fishman also thanked the N.J. State Police and the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office for their assistance with the investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Fabiana Pierre-Louis of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.
The charges and allegations contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.