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Belleville Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Distributing Explicit Images of Minors


An Essex County man was sentenced today to 135 months in prison for distributing multiple images and videos of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Federal officials said Mauricio Calderon, 51, of Belleville, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to an information charging him with one count of distribution of explicit images of minors.

Judge Cecchi imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

From March 2020 to April 10, 2020, Calderon used an encrypted, internet-based application to distribute multiple graphic videos depicting the sexual assault of minors.

During the course of the investigation, Calderon publicly posted multiple videos depicting the explicit contact of children, some of which featured infants and toddlers, in a chatroom, and also sent links that redirected to web pages containing child endangerment materials.

Law enforcement also discovered numerous videos and images of juvenile sexual abuse on Calderon’s electronic devices when he was arrested at his home in September 2020. In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Cecchi sentenced Calderon to 10 years of supervised release.