Hunterdon County Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Videos of Child Sexual Abuse Over the Internet
TRENTON, NJ—A Hunterdon County, New Jersey man today admitted distributing images of child sexual abuse over the Internet, United States Attorney Paul J Fishman announced. John Livoti, 42, of Hampton, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Joel A Pisano in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of distribution of child pornography. Livoti is currently in federal custody. According to papers filed in the case and statements made in court: Livoti admitted that from May 2011 through February 2012 he used peer-to-peer file sharing software to download and to share images of child pornography through the Internet.
He accessed the Internet through his neighbor’s wireless Internet connection. He further admitted that for a period of time in 2011, he paid for a minor, living in another state, to access the peer-to-peer network so that the minor could access child pornography. Special agents of the FBI and other law enforcement executed a search warrant at Livoti’s apartment in Hampton, New Jersey, on February 2, 2012. Law enforcement seized a netbook computer and an external hard drive that contained child pornography.
Because of his prior convictions for sexual assault and for possession of child pornography, the count of distributing child pornography to which Livoti pleaded guilty is punishable by a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison and a maximum potential penalty of 40 years and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for November 15, 2012. United States Attorney Fishman credited the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B Ward in Newark; the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Anthony P Kearns, III; and Hunterdon County Chief of Detectives John J Kuczynski with the investigation leading to the federal charges. The government is represented by Assistant United States Attorney John E Clabby of the United States Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.
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