New Jersey Man Charged with Possessing Child Pornography

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NEWARK, NJ — A New Jersey man was arrested on Thursday, May 12, for possessing images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Jonathan Lattif, 44, of Jersey City, is charged by complaint with one count of possessing child pornography.

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

On March 18, 2022, Lattif possessed at least three videos depicting sexual abuse of minors, including prepubescent children, on his mobile device.

Lattif has a prior state conviction for possession of child pornography. Accordingly, a charge of possession of child pornography depicting prepubescent children by a repeat offender carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina in Newark; and Customs and Border Proection Officers from the Port of New York/Newark, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations New York Field Office, under the direction of Acting Port Director TenaVel T. Thomas, with the investigation leading to the charge.

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The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Fatime Meka Cano of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Economic Crimes Unit in Newark.

Information is subject to change at any time. 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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