Ocean County man pleads guilty to distributing pictures of children online

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TOMS RIVER, NJ – A Lakehurst man is heading to federal prison after pleading guilty to multiple charges that he downloaded indecent photos of children online.

According to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger, Kevin Van Pelt, 33, of Lakehurst, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Georgette Castner to an information charging him with one count each of online enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual conduct, distribution of CASM, and possession of prepubescent CASM.

“From August 2018 to October 2018, Van Pelt used multiple online messaging services to communicate with a minor victim, including repeatedly requesting that the minor send him sexually explicit images. Van Pelt also distributed images and videos of child sexual abuse over several online social media applications between December 2017 and March 2019. Van Pelt possessed images and videos of prepubescent child sexual abuse on his cellular phone when he was arrested by local authorities on May 1, 2019,” the Department of Justice claimed during their case.

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