Man gets 3-year prison term for child porn charge

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – State authorities say a southern New Jersey man who shared images and videos of child pornography online has been sentenced to three years in state prison.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman says 51-year-old Harvey Wescoat, of Hammonton, used peer-to-peer file-sharing software to share the images and videos. He had pleaded guilty last month to offering child pornography.

Hoffman said Wescoat had more than 200 files of suspected child porn on his computer. He was arrested in May 2010.

The charge against Wescoat stemmed from a tip provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about a website that was offering child porn. State police investigators got records of the website’s activity and identified a computer address in New Jersey that was being used to download child porn.

2 comments

  • TiglathPhilizar

    So the state is incarcerating this guy for downloading pictures at a cost of $35,000/yr for three years totaling $1,065,000.00 with our NJ streets, infrastructure as well as education in dire straights; it makes no LOGICAL sense at all. If he actually harmed a child it would make sense. Why is it people choose to forward their carriers by projecting their own moral short comings onto others? Those that cry the loudest seem to be the biggest offenders and here is the irony; the same people writing Child Pornography laws are themselves being arrested. Republicans and Democrats alike. The government is using, “the children” to take away freedom under the guise of protection and its working.

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