NEWARK, N.J. – A music teacher and singer/songwriter who performs for children at synagogues, Jewish community centers, camps and conventions nationwide was arrested and charged today with receiving and distributing images of child sexual abuse, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.
Eric S. Komar, 46, of Hillsborough, New Jersey, was arrested by special agents of the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force. He is charged by complaint with one count of receiving and distributing child pornography. Komar made his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge James B. Clark III in Newark federal court and was remanded without bail.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Komar used a peer-to-peer file-sharing program to obtain and distribute images and videos that including images of prepubescent children being sexually abused.
Anyone with information regarding possible victims of this activity is urged to contact the FBI in Newark at 973-792-3000.
The count with which Komar is charged carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.
Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher; members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and County Chief of Detectives John W. Fodor; the Hillsborough Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief Darren Powell, and the N.J. Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, with the investigation leading to the charges.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Leticia Vandehaar of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.