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UPDATE: NJ Man Pleads Guilty to Charges Related to Transporting, Possessing Explicit Images of Minors


By: Jeff Sommes

Edward M. O'Hagan, 50, of Hawthorne, has admitted to transporting and possessing videos and images depicting explicit images of minors, according to an announcement from U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger. AdO'Hagan entered his guilty plea to one count of transportation and one count of possession of explicit images of minors before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court.

The investigation into O'Hagan's activities revealed that on January 19, 2023, he transmitted video files through the internet that contained explicit images of minors.  

Utilizing encrypted file storage platforms linked to his email addresses, O'Hagan uploaded and created files filled with explicit content, which were accessed from an IP address registered to his residence.

Federal officials said a lawful search of O'Hagan's home on May 22, 2023, led law enforcement officers to uncover hundreds of images and videos on his electronic devices that depicted the explicit abuse of minors.

O'Hagan now faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and could be sentenced to up to 20 years for the count of transporting explicit images of minors.

Additionally, for the possession charge, he could face up to 10 years in prison. Both counts also carry a potential fine of $250,000 each.  

The sentencing is set for July 18, 2024, marking a significant step in addressing crimes involving the exploitation of minors.