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Defendants to face child pornography charges after indictments

Most of our New Jersey readers probably know that sex offenses against children have become such a high priority for law enforcement agencies that many have developed dedicated units to combat this type of crime. For instance, in New Jersey we have the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, just one example of a unit that cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in an effort to police these types of crimes. This task force, along with the New Jersey State Police and other partners, recently saw some of their efforts result in indictments, even though it had been several months since the arrests in question were made.

According to the reports, three men were indicted on child pornography charges. One of the men was arrested back in 2012, while the other two were arrested last year. In all, these men were just a few of dozens who were arrested in connection with this particular alleged child pornography ring.

The important thing for our readers to remember, however, is that an indictment by a grand jury is not the same as a conviction in a court of law. Grand jury proceedings are an entirely one-sided affair, in which the prosecutor presents the purported evidence against a potential defendant, and then the members of the grand jury decide whether or not this evidence is enough to support the filing of criminal charges.

The real case begins after an indictment is handed down, and for the three men in this case their task is now to put together a criminal defense strategy. This is never an easy task for any defendant, let alone someone facing such inflammatory charges as the possession and distribution of child pornography.

Source: Observer-Tribune, "Long Valley man indicted on child porn charges," Phil Garber, June 17, 2014

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