A man from Mount Laurel NJ is on his way to state prison after pleading guilty to illegally recording juveniles as they performed sex acts on the Internet.
The suspect, a 24-year-old Mount Laurel resident, committed the sex crimes last year while using a computer at his residence. According to Burlington County prosecutors, the suspect met the underage victims online via a chat service and then persuaded them to play a sexual game. The game, which the suspect reportedly called “The Countdown,” is said to have involved questions and answers that later led to dares for the juvenile girls to remove their clothes and perform illicit sexual acts.
Detectives with the NJ State Police opened an investigation into the suspect after a separate investigation revealed that his IP address had been used to upload child pornography videos to the Internet. The suspect reportedly used a file-sharing service to share the videos and images of children engaged in sexual acts and performances.
Law enforcement eventually obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s Mount Laurel home and executed the search warrant last year. Police seized the suspect’s personal computer and allegedly discovered more than 1,000 files containing sexual images of juveniles and minors. Among those files were 20 videos featuring underage girls playing “The Countdown” game. The NJ Division of Criminal Justice later issued a statement indicating that at least 26 juvenile females were found to have playing the illicit sexual game, which the suspect recorded on a Webcam.
Now the suspect is headed to New Jersey State Prison after reaching a plea deal with the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office. In exchange for the suspect pleading guilty to charges of child pornography possession and child pornography distribution, Burlington County NJ prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of just six years behind bars. If the suspect had fought the charges and gone to trial in Burlington County Superior Court, he would have faced more than a decade in prison.
Under the terms of the suspect’s official sentence, he will not become eligible for release on parole until he has served at least two years at the correctional institute.
Additionally, when the suspect is eventually released from prison, he will be subject to sex offender registration requirements under Megan’s Law. This means that the suspect will likely have to register as a convicted sex offender in New Jersey for the rest of his life. This will involve notifying local law enforcement of his status as a sex offender whenever he moves and establishes new residence, whether it’s in Burlington County or somewhere else in the state.
For further information, read the NJ.com article, “6 Years for N.J. Man Who Recorded Underage Girls on Webcam.”
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