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October 21, 2015

Sussex County, New Jersey Man Charged with Distributing Images of Child Sexual Abuse

NEWARK, NJ—A Hardyston, New Jersey, man was charged today with exchanging images of child sexual abuse with an offender living in Maryland, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Marshall M. Cohen, 48, is charged by complaint with one count of distributing images of child sexual abuse. He appeared this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark federal court and remains in federal custody.

According to the complaint:

In December 2014, a law enforcement investigation revealed than an individual living in Maryland (the “Maryland Offender”) produced images of child sexual abuse depicting a two-year old girl to whom he was believed to have had access. The Maryland Offender disseminated the images to Cohen in exchange for other images of child sexual abuse in Cohen’s possession. Today, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Cohen’s Hardyston address where he allegedly admitted receiving and sending images of child sexual abuse.

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

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel in Newark, as well as the New Jersey Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Hardyston Police Department with the investigation leading to the charge.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bernard J. Cooney of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

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