Federal prosecutors: Northern New Jersey man distributed child pornography online


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NEWARK, New Jersey — Federal prosecutors say a northern New Jersey man stands accused of distributing sexually explicit images of children online.

Paul Spisto of Bloomfield Township was arrested Wednesday by FBI agents.

Prosecutors say that on two occasions last December, the 52-year-old Spisto used his home computer to distribute videos and images depicting child sexual abuse via a Usenet newsgroup, which allowed others access to the material.

An undercover agent discovered and downloaded the images and videos, and the items were traced back to Spisto's residence. He's charged with two counts of distributing child pornography and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

Spisto was due to make his initial court appearance Wednesday, but further details were not disclosed.

It was not known if he had retained an attorney.

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