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Retired Middle School Teacher, Roselle Resident Charged with Possession of Explicit Images of Minors


U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today that a retired middle school teacher was arrested for receiving and distributing explicit images of minors.

Federal officials said Mr. Robert H. Conrad, 73, of Roselle, is charged by complaint with one count of distribution of images of minors and one count of receipt of child pornography. He appeared by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Edward S. Kiel and was released on a $100,000 unsecured bond, with home detention and electronic monitoring.

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

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

In a chatroom, Conrad publicly posted multiple videos depicting the direct contact of children and sent similar videos to the undercover agent directly.

The complaint also alleges that law enforcement discovered numerous videos of explicit images of minors on Conrad's electronic devices when he was arrested at his home.

The charges of distribution and receipt of explicit images of minors each carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.