RIDGEFIELD MAN ADMITS DISTRIBUTION AND POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

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NEWARK, N.J. – A Ridgefield, Bergen County, New Jersey, man today admitted distributing and possessing videos and images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Malcolm Salamanca, 29, of Ridgefield, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

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

Salamanca used a peer-to-peer file-sharing program to download and share videos and images of child sexual abuse. In November 2016, undercover law enforcement agents downloaded some of those images and videos from Salamanca’s computer. After executing a search warrant at Salamanca’s home in November 2017, agents located more videos of child sexual abuse on Salamanca’s computers.

The distribution of child pornography charge to which Salamanca pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. The possession of child pornography charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Salamanca will be required to register as a sex offender. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 2, 2019.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian Michael in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. He also thanked the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the Ridgefield Police Department and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for their assistance with the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Wangenheim of the Cyber Crimes Unit in Newark.

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Defense counsel: Paul Brickfield Esq., River Edge, New Jersey