New Jersey Man Charged with Distribution and Possession of Abuse Materials

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NEWARK, NJ — A Morris County, New Jersey man was arrested for distributing and possessing videos of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Bryan Wesselius, 45, of Whippany, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. He appeared by videoconference on June 30, 2022, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor and was released on $100,000 unsecured bond, with home detention and electronic monitoring.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

From September 2021 through May 2022, Wesselius distributed material containing video files of child sexual abuse via a publicly available online peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing program, which allows internet users to trade digital files. An undercover law enforcement officer conducted online sessions using the (P2P) program. During multiple sessions, a user shared multiple files featuring videos of child sexual abuse from an IP address traced to Wesselius’ address. Law enforcement officials later recovered one file previously shared during one of those sessions from one of Wesselius’ electronic devices.

The count of distribution of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a fine of $250,000. The count of possession of child pornography carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and a fine of $250,000.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, New Jersey Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina, with the investigation leading to the charges. He also thanked the Boonton Township Police Department under the direction of Chief Michael Danyo, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, the Hanover Township Police Department under the direction of Chief Michael Loock and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Newark, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Damon Wood, Philadelphia Division, for their assistance with the investigation.

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The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clara Kim of the General Crimes Unit in Newark.

Information is subject to change at any time as additional details may emerge. Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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