Federal authorities say a man from Morris County has been arrested for distributing and possessing videos of child sexual abuse.

45-year-old Bryan Wesselius of Whippany is facing one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger, whose office says,

From September 2021 through May 2022, Wesselius distributed material containing video files of child sexual abuse via a publicly available online peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing program, which allows internet users to trade digital files. An undercover law enforcement officer conducted online sessions using the (P2P) program. During multiple sessions, a user shared multiple files featuring videos of child sexual abuse from an IP address traced to Wesselius’ address. Law enforcement officials later recovered one file previously shared during one of those sessions from one of Wesselius’ electronic devices.

The count of distribution of child pornography carries a five to 20 year prison sentence with a $250,000 fine. The count of possession of child pornography carries up to a decade behind bars and a $250,000.

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Sellinger credited the numerous law enforcement agencies that worked on this case, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Boonton Township Police Department, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Newark, and others.

Wesselius appeared by videoconference before a judge on Thursday and was released on a $100,000 unsecured bond with home detention and electronic monitoring.

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