BOGOTA, N.J. -- A 70-year-old Spanish national living in Bogota must serve 20 months in prison before he'll be eligible for parole for sharing child rape videos online.
Rafael Andreu, who was sentenced in Hackensack on Friday to four years under a plea deal with prosecutors, admitted in September 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.
After he's released, Andreu will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and will be subject to parole supervision for life.
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 negotiated the guilty plea and handled the sentencing for the state Division of Criminal Justice's Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau.
Former DCJ Detective Tiffany Lenart, 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.