BOGOTA, N.J. -- A 70-year-old Spanish national living in Bogota will be sentenced to four years in state prison – 20 months of which he must serve before he’s eligible for parole – after admitting in a Hackensack courtroom on Tuesday that he trafficked in online child pornography.
Rafael Andreu, 70, remained free without bail pending sentencing on Dec. 2.
He admitted Tuesday that he “used file-sharing software to make files containing child pornography readily available for any other user to download from a designated ‘shared folder’ on his computer,” Attorney General Christopher Porrino said.
Several videos of child pornography, including child rape videos, were found on his computer, the attorney general said.
“By sending defendants like Andreu to prison, we send a message to those who share this filth online that this is a very serious crime with very serious consequences,” Porrino said.
Detectives from the state Division of Criminal Justice and the New Jersey State Police were investigating child pornography being shared online when traced images to Andreu’s computer, the attorney general said.
On Sept. 9, 2015, they executed a search warrant at his home, arrested Andreu and seized computer equipment, he said.
“The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office completed a full forensic review of a computer tower seized from the home and discovered approximately 180 videos and images of child pornography stored in a shared folder,” Porrino said.
Deputy Attorney General Lilianne Daniel took the guilty plea for the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau.
Detective Tiffany Lenart of the Division of Criminal Justice, Detective Christopher Camm of the New Jersey State Police Digital Technology Investigation Unit and former Deputy Attorney General Naju Lathia led the investigation, Porrino said.
They were assisted by Analyst Michael Palumbo of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, he said.