ENGLISHTOWN – A local man was charged with producing and distributing child pornography after sharing it with an undercover cop.
Christian Importuna, 24, of Englishtown is charged with one count of production of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography.
According to police, he filmed at least two videos that showed him sexually assaulting a child. He tried to trade these videos with an undercover police officer on a social media app. Police linked the videos to the suspect through business records showing the videos were sent from his Englishtown residence.
The charge of production of child pornography carries a penalty of 15-30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge of distribution of child pornography carries a penalty of five-20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito credited FBI Newark’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark, with the investigation leading to these charges. He also thanked the New Jersey Regional Computer Forensics Lab, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, and Englishtown Police Department, for their assistance with the investigation.
The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.