Elderly Freehold, NJ man sentenced for distributing child porn
A sentence of eight years has been handed down to a Freehold Township man who was found to be gathering and distributing child porn.
An investigation in July of 2017 led law enforcement with the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, NJ Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and Freehold Township Police to a USB thumb drive in the possession of now 74-year old James Simmons which contained more than 100 child porn videos depicting the sexual abuse of a child, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago.
Investigators also found peer-to-peer file sharing programs that Simmons was uploading child porn to from his home on Harding Road.
Simmons has been sentenced to four years in a New Jersey State Prison on a third-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Materials charge and eight years on a second-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Distribution of Child Sexual Abuse Materials charge equaling to a concurrent sentence of eight years altogether, according to Prosecutor Santiago.
When he's released, Simmons faces mandatory Megan’s Law registration and Parole Supervision for Life.
Prosecutor Santiago said that this case was handled by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Stephanie Dugan and that Simmons is being represented by George B. Somers Jr., Esq., of Princeton.