NEWARK, N.J. – A Colonia, New Jersey, man was arrested in his home today on charges that he distributed images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

James A. Gabany, 36, is charged by complaint with one count of distributing child pornography. He made his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Steven C. Mannion in Newark federal court. He was released to a third-party custodian with home detention and electronic monitoring.

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

Gabany used peer-to-peer file sharing on his computer to distribute files containing images and videos of child sexual abuse, including images of prepubescent children.

The charge of distributing child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito credited special agents of Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian Michael, with the investigation leading to today’s charges and arrest.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sophie Reiter of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

The charge and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Defense Counsel: Kevin Carlucci Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark