Lower man gets three years in child porn charges

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LOWER TOWNSHIP–A Cape May County man was sentenced to a three-year prison sentence Friday, Jan. 10, for distributing images and videos of child pornography over the Internet, the state attorney general announced.

Aaron N. Debarardnis, 26, of Lower Township, was sentenced to three years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Michael J. Kassel in Camden County. 

Debarardnis pleaded guilty on Nov. 18 to second-degree distribution of child pornography.

The Attorney General’s office said that DeBarardnis had used a file-sharing network on his home computer to distribute the images and videos over the Internet.

Debarardnis was arrested on July 26, 2012, by members of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, the New Jersey State Police and the Division of Criminal Justice.  Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) initiated the investigation.

In August 2011 and again in September 2011, HSI agents who were monitoring Internet activity downloaded files containing child pornography, which they traced to a computer in Debarardnis’ mobile home. 

The office said that Debarardnis used peer-to-peer file sharing software to make over 1,000 files of child pornography available for any other user to download from a designated “shared folder” on his computer. 

In October 2011, agents from HSI approached Debarardnis at his residence and seized two computers with his consent.  An examination of the computers revealed hundreds of videos and thousands of still images of child pornography.

“Debarardnis demonstrated a callous disregard for the young victims in the thousands of images and videos he distributed on the Internet,” Andrew McLees, special agent in charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations in Newark, said in a prepared statement.  “He will now pay the price for his actions, as HSI continues to track down and bring child predators to justice.”


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