Former Partner in International Law Firm Indicted on Multiple Child Pornography Counts
Defendant Allegedly Advertised and Distributed Images of Children Being Sexually Abused
U#S# Attorney’s Office August 23, 2012
- District of New Jersey #973# 645-2888
NEWARK, NJ—A Bergen County, New Jersey man who allegedly advertised, distributed, and collected images and videos of adults sexually exploiting infants and toddlers is expected in Newark federal court today to face an indictment charging numerous related offenses, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
The eight-count indictment unsealed this morning charges Edward M. De Sear, 65, of Saddle River, New Jersey, with three counts of advertising child pornography, four counts of distributing child pornography, and one count of possessing child pornography.
De Sear—who at the time of his original arrest on a federal complaint was a partner at the New York office of an international law firm—had been released on bail following his arrest on a complaint charging him with one count of distribution. He was taken into custody again this morning in light of the nature of the additional charges.
According to the indictment unsealed today and other documents filed in this case:
De Sear used an Internet-based peer-to-peer file sharing program to advertise, distribute, and download hundreds of images of child pornography. In seeking out “friends” on the peer-to-peer file sharing network, De Sear used a picture of a young boy to represent him as his avatar and invited individuals with usernames that contained terms such as “boy,” “child,” and �