MIL-OSI Security: Hudson County Man Charged With Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography

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Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) State Crime News

NEWARK, N.J. – A Hudson County, New Jersey, man was charged with possessing and distributing images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Brandon Tyler Mooney, 26, of Bayonne, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with one count of possession and one count of distribution of child pornography. Mooney was arrested on Jan. 11, 2024, made his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge José R. Almonte in Newark federal court, and was detained.

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

From as early as June 2023, Mooney exchanged child pornography with another individual by way of a cloud-based instant messaging platform. On Dec. 19, 2023, Mooney sent multiple images and videos, including content that appears to involve sexual images of children under the age of 12, to an undercover law enforcement official. Law enforcement officials found in Mooney’s possession over 600 images that appear to depict child sexual abuse.

The charge of possession of child pornography carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge of distribution of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited the Newark Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task force, under the direction of FBI Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark, the Bayonne Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Robert Geisler, and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Esther Suarez, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Taj Moore of the General Crimes Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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