By: Yuritza Arroyo
Federal authorities announced that a Passaic County man was arrested for transporting and possessing videos and images of child sexual abuse.
According to federal officials, Edward M. O’Hagan, 49, of Hawthorne, is charged by complaint with one count of transportation of child explicit images of minors and one count of possession of explicit images of minors.
Officials say he appeared this May 22 in Newark federal court and was detained.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On Jan. 19, 2023, O’Hagan used one of his email accounts to send video files containing explicit images of minors to himself.
Court documents state he also used two email addresses to create accounts on an encrypted file storage platform that was used to upload or create files containing explicit images of minors. The email accounts he used to access the platform were associated with an IP address that was traced to O’Hagan’s address.
The count of transportation of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a fine of $250,000.
The count of possession of child pornography carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.