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Cranford Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Possessing Explicit Images of Minors


A Cranford man was sentenced today to 250 months in prison for distributing multiple images and videos depicting a minor sexual abuse and soliciting two children to engage in sexually explicit conduct online, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Federal officials said Christopher Gardiner, 39, of Cranford, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to an indictment charging him with one count of distributing child pornography and two counts of online enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual conduct. 

Judge McNulty imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

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

From March 2018 to June 2018, Gardiner engaged an undercover agent in an ongoing sexually graphic conversation on a web-based social media application. 

During the course of the conversation, Gardiner publicly posted multiple videos depicting the sexual abuse of minors in a chatroom and sent similar videos to the undercover agent directly. 

Law enforcement subsequently discovered numerous images and videos of kids sexual abuse on Gardiner’s electronic devices when he was arrested at his home in August 2018. 

Gardiner was previously convicted of endangering the welfare of a child/distribution of explicit images of minors  in Union County in 2007.

In addition to the prison term, Judge McNulty also sentenced Gardiner to five years of supervised release. 

Gardiner must also register as a sex offender.