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TRENTON –Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that a Salem County man was sentenced to state prison for using a file-sharing network to share images and videos of children being sexually abused.
Robert N. Mahmud, 51, of Carneys Point, N.J., was sentenced on Friday, Jan. 22, to five years in state prison, including 2 ½ years of parole ineligibility, by Superior Court Judge Linda Lawhun in Salem County. Mahmud pleaded guilty on Oct. 9, 2020 to second-degree distribution of child sexual abuse materials (storing or maintaining child sexual abuse materials using a file-sharing program). He will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and will be subject to parole supervision for life.
Deputy Attorney General Lisa Rastelli represented the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Cyber Crimes Bureau at the guilty plea and sentencing hearings.
“We will never cease in our collaborative efforts to arrest the offenders who promote the cruel sexual abuse of children by viewing and sharing these materials online,” said Attorney General Grewal. “These crimes inflict terrible harm on the most vulnerable members of our society.”
“By seeking substantial prison sentences – including mandatory minimum terms without parole – we send a message that we will prosecute these offenders aggressively using New Jersey’s tough child endangerment laws,” said Director Veronica Allende of the Division of Criminal Justice. “Protecting innocent children from sexual exploitation is a critical mission of our Division and its partners.”
While monitoring a peer-to-peer file-sharing network popular with sex offenders, a detective of the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Cyber Crimes Bureau downloaded multiple items of child sexual abuse material from a shared folder at a computer IP address that was subsequently traced to Mahmud. Mahmud was arrested on June 12, 2018, when detectives of the Division of Criminal Justice, assisted by members of the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office and officers of the Carneys Point Police Department, executed a search warrant at his home. Investigators seized a thumb drive and external hard drives that contained approximately 250 items of child sexual abuse material.
Deputy Attorney General Rastelli and former Deputy Attorney General Supriya Prasad prosecuted the case for the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Cyber Crimes Bureau, under the supervision of Bureau Chief Jillian Carpenter, former Bureau Chief Julia S. Glass, and Deputy Bureau Chief Lilianne Daniel. Attorney General Grewal commended the attorneys and detectives who handled the case for the Division of Criminal Justice. He also thanked the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office and the Carneys Point Police Department for their valuable assistance.
Attorney General Grewal and Director Allende urged anyone who has information about the distribution of child sexual abuse materials on the internet – or who suspects improper contact by persons communicating with children via the internet or possible exploitation or sexual abuse of children – to contact the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Tipline at 888-648-6007.
Defense Attorney: Assistant Deputy Public Defender Eric McKinley