Federal authorities say a New Jersey man has been charged for allegedly distributing videos and images of child sexual abuse.

U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger says 51-year-old Anselmo Girimonte of Wharton, Morris County, is facing one count of distribution of child pornography.

According to court documents, from December 27, 2021, through January 17, 2022, "Girimonte distributed material containing images and video files of child sexual abuse, via a publicly available online peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing network of linked computers."

Sellinger says law enforcement officials conducted an undercover online session to access that P2P program and they downloaded nine video files containing child pornography from an IP address that was assigned to an internet service provider account associated with Girimonte’s residence.

These files included multiple visual depictions of pre-pubescent children being sexually abused by adults.

If convicted, the child pornography charge carries a five to 20 year prison sentence with a $250,000 fine.

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Girimonte made an initial court appearance on Friday and was detained.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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