Morris County Man Facing Federal Child Pornography Charges

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Using computer to commit a crime in darkness.
Using computer to commit a crime in darkness.

WHIPPANY, NJ – A Whippany man has been arrested after investigators found he was sharing videos and photos of child pornography on peer to peer filesharing programs online.

U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced Bryan Wesselius was charged by complaint with one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. He appeared by videoconference today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor and was released on $100,000 unsecured bond, with home detention and electronic monitoring.

The investigation into Wesselius’ online habits took place between September 2021 through May 2022, where he was found to have distributed material containing video files of child sexual abuse via a publicly available online peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing program, which allows internet users to trade digital files.

“An undercover law enforcement officer conducted online sessions using the (P2P) program. During multiple sessions, a user shared multiple files featuring videos of child sexual abuse from an IP address traced to Wesselius’ address. Law enforcement officials later recovered one file previously shared during one of those sessions from one of Wesselius’ electronic devices,” the Department of Justice said.

According to a release today, the count of distribution of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a fine of $250,000. The count of possession of child pornography carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and a fine of $250,000.