West New York Man Charged in Child Pornography Case

NEWARK, N.J. (May 22, 2024) – A 27-year-old man from West New York, New Jersey has been charged with producing and possessing child pornography, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Julio Albery Nunez is accused of sexually exploiting a minor and possessing explicit videos depicting the child. He was arrested on May 20th after a months-long investigation by the FBI’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force.According to court documents, law enforcement began investigating Nunez in December 2022 for his alleged involvement with child pornography on various online platforms, including the dark web.Prosecutors say Nunez recently contacted a minor victim online while posing as a teenage girl. He allegedly requested and received videos from the minor that constituted child sexual abuse material.When authorities searched Nunez’s home on May 20th, they gathered evidence leading to the charges against him.

Serious Charges with Heavy Penalties

Nunez is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of possession of child pornography.The exploitation charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years behind bars. The possession charge has a maximum 10-year prison sentence.Both charges also carry potential fines of up to $250,000.Nunez made his initial court appearance on May 21st before a federal magistrate judge in Newark. He was ordered detained pending further proceedings.

Part of Project Safe Childhood Initiative

U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger credited the FBI’s task force, along with the West New York Police Department and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, for their roles in the investigation.The case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a Department of Justice initiative launched in 2006 to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse nationwide.Nunez is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. He is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Taj Moore and Rebecca Sussman.

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