TRENTON, N.J. — A Sussex County man was sentenced to two years in federal prison Tuesday for distributing images of child pornography via the Internet through his home computer. The sentencing follows an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Newark field office.
Albert Rose, 55, of Lafayette, previously pleaded guilty to the charge in U.S. District Court. As part of his guilty plea, Rose admitted distributing images of child pornography via email using a computer located in his residence in February 2010. He also admitted to possessing more than 600 images of child pornography on his computer, which was seized from his residence in February 2012. Rose acknowledged that among the images he possessed and distributed were images which depicted minors posing in a sexually explicit manner.
In addition to the prison term, District Court Judge Joel A. Pisano sentenced Rose to serve five years of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution of $500.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Fabiana Pierre-Louis prosecuted the case on behalf of U.S. Attorney Paul J Fishman's Criminal Division in Newark.
This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423 or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678.
HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.