TOMS RIVER, New Jersey — A southern New Jersey man who distributed child pornography online has been sentenced to five years in state prison.
Ocean County prosecutors say 28-year-old Michael Allen, of Lakehurst, will also have to register as a sex offender under the sentence imposed Friday. He had pleaded guilty last September.
Allen was arrested in May 2013 when investigators executed a search warrant at his home. They seized 26 items of digital evidence, Allen's computer, multiple electronic storage devices and more than 5,000 graphic images depicting children being sexually assaulted.
Prosecutors say a forensic review of the evidence determined that Allen was actively trading images of child pornography online.
The case stemmed from an investigation that began in 2013, following a referral from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
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