Essex County man arrested for distributing child pornography | USAO-NJ

NEWARK, NJ – An Essex County, New Jersey man employed as a food service worker at a high school was arrested today for distributing child sexual abuse images, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger.

Ezra W. Saphire, 29, of West Orange, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with a count of distributing child pornography. He had his first appearance by videoconference before U.S. Investigative Judge André M. Espinosa and was released to house arrest with electronic monitoring.

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

Saphire worked as a food service contractor at a high school in East Hanover, New Jersey. From June 9, 2021 to January 22, 2022, law enforcement conducted online sessions undercover using a publicly available peer-to-peer (P2P) software application program, a method of communication available to Internet users through the use of special software. which allows users to exchange digital files through a global network formed by linking computers together. Law enforcement officers used P2P software to upload 1,014 video files and 659 image files containing child sexual abuse images via the IP address associated with Saphire’s residence. These files included multiple visual depictions of prepubescent children being sexually abused by adults.

The count of distributing child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, which is twice the earnings or of the gross loss caused by the breach.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited Department of Homeland Security Special Agents, Homeland Security Investigations under Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina, with the investigation that led to today’s charges. . He also thanked the West Orange Police Department and the East Hanover Police Department for their assistance in the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hayden M. Brockett of the Health Care Fraud Unit in Newark.

The accusation and allegations contained in the complaint are only accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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