Layne Bracht, 32, of Highlands, was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison today for uploading images of child sexual abuse to an online file-sharing network, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
A repeat offender who was convicted in 2006 of possession of child pornography, Bracht admitted in October of 2013 that he knowingly placed images and videos depicting child sexual abuse into shared folders that others could access via a peer-to-peer network. Special agents of the FBI executed a search warrant at his residence in Highlands on Jan. 15, 2014 and seized digital evidence that contained numerous videos and images depicting child sexual abuse, including material involving prepubescent minors and sadistic or masochistic conduct. The digital evidence seized included three files previously downloaded from Bracht by law enforcement agents working in an undercover capacity on the peer-to-peer network. Brach has been in federal custody since his January 2014 arrest. He pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph E. Irenas on December 2, 2014.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Irenas sentenced Bracht to serve 15 years of supervised release.admin | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Highlands, Monmouth County | Tags: Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, Child Pornography, Highlands, Layne Bracht, Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman | No Comments »
After months of praising the Christie Administration after Superstorm Sandy, Zimmer used the media frenzy when the Bridgegate story broke in January of 2014 to become famous by alleging that Guadagno shook her down seven months earlier.
The mayor said that Guadagno told her, on behalf of Governor Christie, that Hoboken’s Sandy recovery aide was tied to Zimmer pushing through a development application for the Rockefeller Group. The shakedown allegedly happened at a supermarket ribbon cutting ceremony in May of 2013. Zimmer suddenly remembered the shakedown in January of 2014 when the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal was dominating the news.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Dawn Zimmer, Hoboken, Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney | Tags: Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman | 2 Comments »
There will be a proceeding of interest in a criminal matter related to the George Washington Bridge lane closures this morning at 11 a.m. in federal court in Newark and U. S. Attorney Paul Fishman will hold a press conference on the matter this afternoon at 1 PM, according to Fishman’s Public Information Office.
The U. S. Attorney’s Office did not announce who would be charged today or for what crimes.
NJ.com is reporting that a white SUV left the home of David Wildstein traveling at high speeds at 5 a.m. this morning. Bloomberg reported that Wildstein was to have pleaded guilty to charges yesterday. They later amended their report to say he would enter a guilty plea today.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: Bridgegate, David Wildstein, Port Authority of NY/NJ, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman | 1 Comment »
Weber admitted possessing sexually explicit images of a 12-year old Pennsylvania girl with whom he had an online relationship in 2013, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
The young man was released on unsecured bail of $100,000 and subject to home confinement with electronic monitoring when he surrendered to federal authorities last June. He remains free on unsecured bail until his sentencing which is scheduled for June 22, 2015. The electronic monitoring device was removed from Weber today, according to a spokesman for Fishman.admin | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Paul Mulshine | Tags: Chad Weber, Child Pornography, Colts Neck, Kiddie porn, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman | 1 Comment »
Correction: U.S. Attorney has not opened new Christie investigation into Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office
Contrary to published reports, including one here at MMM, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s office has not opened a new criminal investigation into Governor Chris Christie’s role, if any, in quashing the prosecution of former Hunterdon County Sheriff Deborah Trout.
The initial inaccurate report was published by International Business Times, a content partner of MMM through repubHub. MMM published the IBT story after noticing it was being cited by other news outlets.
On Friday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show published a report that included a denial from the U.S. Attorney’s office that it is investigating Christie over the Trout issue. (h/t SaveJersey)
Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Monmouth County, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney | Tags: Chris Christie, Governor Chris Christie, IBT, International Business Times, Matthew Reilly, MSNBC, NJNewsCommons, Rachel Maddow Show, repubHub, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman | 2 Comments »
“Any characterization that we are investigating the Governor about this is just not true … . [W]e talk to people all the time. It doesn’t mean we’re investigating anybody.”