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Hackettstown man gets 15 years for child porn

Published On: Jun 27 2014 02:30:47 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 27 2014 04:52:22 PM CDT
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NEWARK, N.J. -

A registered sex offender  was sentenced Thursday  to 180 months in prison for distributing images of child sexual abuse over the Internet.

Kevin Rease, 34, of Hackettstown, N.J., previously pleaded guilty to one count of an indictment charging him with distributing images of child pornography.

U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court. Cecchi cited the defendant’s previous child exploitation convictions as a reason for the lengthy term. In addition to the prison term, Cecchi sentenced Rease to a lifetime of supervised release.

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

Rease, who was formerly employed at a law office in Paterson, N.J., admitted that on Feb. 12, 2013, he made images and videos of child sexual abuse stored on his work computer. That computer was available for others to download via an online peer-to-peer file sharing network.

On that date, an undercover law enforcement agent successfully downloaded videos of child sexual abuse from Rease through the network.

U.S. Attorney  Paul J. Fishman credited special agents of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in Newark, and the New Jersey Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory with the investigation.