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Mr. Tumelty represented Helena Hendricks, who was charged with first degree murder in Atlantic County Superior Court. The defendant faced a number of additional charges, including armed robbery, conspiracy and possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose. At the conclusion of a jury trial that lasted three weeks, the defendant was found "not guilty" of all charges.

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Man indicted for internet distribution of child porn

A 48-year-old man from Old Bridge, New Jersey, has been indicted for an New Jersey internet sex crime; specifically, he is accused of involvement in the distribution of child pornography online. A multiagency law enforcement investigation conducted over the last year has resulted in the arrest of 27 people so far on accusations that they placed video files and image files classified as child porn online.

Officers from the New Jersey State Police staged a raid on the man’s home using a search warrant. They claimed that they found about 18 files on his laptop computer that were supposedly child pornography, including both still images and videos. The arrestee supposedly made these files available online using file sharing software so that others could download them from his computers.

Specific pending criminal charges include distribution, offering, and possession of child pornography. A conviction for any of these offenses carries with it both a sentence of incarceration and a monetary fine. The consequences of a conviction for a defendant on any sex crime is devastating and life altering, making it imperative that anyone accused of similar charges quickly retain an experienced criminal defense attorney to explore both possible avenues of defense and possible methods of mitigating the charges and any punishment.

The defense of online crimes requires both legal knowledge and technical expertise. The fact that computers are hooked up to the Internet does not mean that they are stripped of the privacy protections of the Fourth Amendment. In instances where officers have not strictly adhered to the rules for reasonable searches and seizure based on probable cause, it may be possible to have improperly seized evidence suppressed.

Source: My Central Jersey.com, “Old Bridge man indicted for allegedly distributing child porn” No author given, Nov. 08, 2013

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