A New Milford, Bergen County man has been arrested for distributing an undisclosed amount of child porn over the internet.

Michael Kimmerle, 34, of New Milford spent about a year between August of 2021 and August of 2022 spending time sending out child porn images and videos on a peer-to-peer file sharing program, according to U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger.

There was an undercover officer who ran sessions on the platform and through this sting, they were able to trace the source of child porn videos to Kimmerle's IP address.

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Attorney Sellinger said that when law enforcement searched Kimmerle's place, they found  "thumbnail images containing child pornography on Kimmerle’s laptop, including several images derived from one of the video files Kimmerle previously distributed on the P2P program. They also found the P2P program on Kimmerle’s laptop."

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As such, Kimmerle was arrested for distributing and possessing videos of child sexual abuse and charged by complaint with one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

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Attorney Sellinger said that Kimmerle appeared in court but was released on $100,000 unsecured bond.

If convicted of distributing child porn, Kimmerle faces five to twenty years in prison and would have to pay a fine of $250,000 while he would face up to ten years for possession of child porn and would have to pay a fine of $250,000.

Attorney Sellinger said in this case that the government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny Chung of the General Crimes Unit in Newark and that the defense counsel is Linda Foster Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark.

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The suspects “possessed and or distributed videos and images of child sexual abuse, including in many cases videos of young children being raped by adults,” Grewal said.

Chat apps and gaming platforms remain favorite hunting grounds for child predators and even as the pandemic winds down, many children have continued to spend more time online.

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