Warren County Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Distributing Images of Child Sexual Abuse Over the Internet
NEWARK, NJ—A registered sex offender who was formerly employed at a law office in Paterson, N.J., was sentenced today to 180 months in prison for distributing images of child sexual abuse over the Internet, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
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.
According to documents filed in the case and statements in court:
Rease admitted that on Feb. 12, 2013, he made images and videos of child sexual abuse stored on his work computer 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.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Cecchi sentenced Rease to a lifetime of supervised release. In sentencing Rease, Judge Cecchi cited the defendant’s previous child exploitation convictions as a reason for the lengthy term.
U.S. Attorney 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.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Danielle Alfonzo Walsman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.
Defense counsel: William B. Ware Esq., Chester, N.J.