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Man pleads guilty in New Jersey court to child porn charges

Law enforcement officials will go to great lengths to locate and prosecute individuals who are in possession of child pornography. But recently, a story has come to light that indicates that members of a federal agency are taking their investigative techniques to a new and controversial level.

Reportedly, the FBI was able to infiltrate an underground website called the Playpen, which distributed child pornography. According to a story that was published by the Dallas Morning News, after the infiltration, FBI agents located in Virginia were able to secure a federal warrant granting them permission to continue operating the site for as long as 30 days on government-run web servers.

With the government running the site, agents were able to hack computers of those who logged on. The agents were then able to determine the locations of the site's users. Reportedly, 180 people were criminally charged, including a 27-year-old nursery school employee.

The nursery school worker recently entered a guilty plea in a New Jersey federal court. He could receive as much as 20 years in prison along with a $250,000 fine.

If you should have the misfortune of being arrested on charges related to child pornography, remember that you have rights. And government officials have laws that they must follow when searching and seizing evidence against alleged perpetrators.

Child pornography charges should be answered with the strongest defense possible. An experienced criminal defense attorney can assess the evidence against you as well as the manner in which it was obtained by law enforcement agents. If your rights were violated, it may be possible the have the case dismissed. Otherwise, the attorney can help you choose the legal option that could get you your best possible outcome.

Source: NJ.com, " Controversial child porn sting nabs nursery school worker," Thomas Moriarty ,Feb 6, 2017

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