EDISON, NJ - Kenneth Christensen, 45, of Edison, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to information charging him with one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of production of child pornography.

As early as 2002, Christensen produced photographs of a young boy, who at the time was approximately 12 years old, engaged in sexually explicit conduct. In several of the photos discovered by law enforcement at Christensen’s residence, the boy was naked and his hands and feet were bound with handcuffs, duct tape, plastic ties, or cloth ties. Most of the photos were taken in Christensen’s bedroom.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Christensen admitted he sent four individuals emails containing several hundred images of child pornography, including sadistic and masochistic conduct prior to his arrest in 2012. Christensen acknowledged he distributed more than 600 such images.

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Christensen who once worked as a school crossing guard in Metuchen was sentenced today to 216 months in prison for taking compromising photographs of a naked child and distributing them and hundreds of other photographs of child sexual abuse over the Internet, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.  In addition to the prison term,

Judge Sheridan imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court and sentenced Christensen to lifetime supervised release and required him to register as a sex offender.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Eskew of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.