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Woodbridge Man Sentenced to Prison for Distributing Child Pornography on the Internet

Woodbridge Township New Jersey

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a Middlesex County man was sentenced to prison today for distributing child pornography on the Internet.

Jose F. Holguin, 61, of Woodbridge, was sentenced today to three years in state prison by Superior Court Judge James F. Mulvihill in Middlesex County. He pleaded guilty on Oct. 20 to second-degree distribution of child pornography and fourth-degree possession of child pornography. 

Holguin will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law. Deputy Attorney General Naju Lathia prosecuted Holguin and handled the sentencing for the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau.

In pleading guilty, Holguin admitted that he knowingly used file sharing software to make multiple files containing child pornography readily available for any other user to download from a designated “shared folder” on his computer. 

He was arrested on Feb. 20, 2013, by the New Jersey State Police. Holguin became a target of Operation Ever Vigilant after a detective in the State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit (DTIU) monitoring a file-sharing network popular with sex offenders downloaded several videos of child pornography from a shared folder on his computer. The computer address from which the videos were downloaded was traced to Holguin’s residence in the Fords section of Woodbridge. 

When members of the State Police DTIU and State Police TEAMS Central Unit executed a search warrant at Holguin’s residence, a forensic preview of a computer and external hard drive used by Holguin revealed numerous files of child pornography. 

During the investigation, detectives linked all of the defendants to alleged use of the Internet to download and distribute images of child pornography. 

Acting Attorney General Hoffman and Director Honig urged anyone who has information about the distribution of child pornography on the Internet or who suspects improper contact by unknown persons communicating with children via the Internet or possible exploitation or sexual abuse of children to contact the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Tipline at 888-648-6007.