Union County Man Admits Receipt of Child Pornography

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NEWARK, N.J. – A Union County, New Jersey, man today admitted receiving images of child sexual abuse, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Joseph Hinksmon, 41, of Cranford, New Jersey, pleaded by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to one count of an indictment charging him with receipt of child pornography.

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

From July 10, 2019, through July 24, 2019, Hinksmon accessed the internet to download and receive videos and images of child sexual abuse to his personal hard drive. Hinksmon’s computer devices contained more than 600 images of child sexual abuse that Hinksmon had downloaded from the internet, including images of prepubescent children.

The charge of receiving child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. Hinksmon will be required to register as a sex offender. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 23, 2021.

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Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr. in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Wilson Jr. of the Criminal Division in Newark.