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New Jersey man sentenced to 210 months in federal prison for distributing videos of child sexual abuse over the Internet

CAMDEN, N.J. — A New Jersey man with a prior conviction of sexual assault of a minor, was sentenced May 23 to 210 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release for distributing videos of child sexual abuse over the Internet. The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

William Rensing, 46, of Lincoln Park, N.J., who was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle, previously pleaded guilty in December 2012 to one count of an indictment charging him with distribution of child pornography. Rensing has been in federal custody since his arrest by HSI special agents at his residence July 27, 2011.

HSI special agents seized a notebook computer at Rensing's residence that contained images and videos of child sexual abuse, including depictions of children as young as six years old. Rensing later admitted in court March 25, 2011, that he used peer-to-peer file-sharing software to share images and videos of child sexual abuse through the Internet.

"Rensing and other child predators are mistaken if they believe they can get away with sharing sickening images of our children being victimized," said Andrew McLees, special agent in charge of HSI Newark. "HSI will use all of our law enforcement resources to track these predators down and bring them to justice."

Detectives with the Morris County (N.J.) Prosecutor's Office assisted in the HSI-led investigation.

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-DHS-2ICE 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, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.