Ridgefield Man Charged with Possession of Explicit Images of Minors

NEWARK, N.J. – A Bergen County, New Jersey, man today admitted distributing and possessing videos and images of minor explicit abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Police said Malcolm Salamanca, 29, of Ridgefield, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child explicit images of minors.

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

officials said Salamanca used a peer-to-peer file-sharing program to download and share videos and images of explicit minor abuse.

Authorities say in November 2016, undercover law enforcement agents downloaded some of those images and videos from Salamanca’s computer.

After executing a search warrant at Salamanca’s home in November 2017, agents located more videos of explicit images of minors being abused on Salamanca’s computers.

The distribution of explicit images of minors charge to which Salamanca pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

The explicit possession images of minors charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Salamanca will be required to register as an offender. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 2, 2019.