NEWARK, N.J. – A Hunterdon County man today admitted to distributing images of child sexual abuse over the Internet, according to Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.

Darrel Underhill, 73, of High Bridge, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark federal court to one count of distributing child pornography.

According to documents filed in the case and statements in court:

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Underhill used a peer-to-peer file sharing program on his computer to download videos and images of child sexual abuse. In October last year, law enforcement downloaded more than three dozen such videos from Underhill’s computer.

After executing a search warrant at Underhill’s home in March, agents located nearly 1,000 videos and more than 12,000 images of child sexual abuse on his computers. Underhill admitted today that he was making videos available for others to download.

The distribution of child pornography charge to which Underhill pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Underhill will be required to register as a sex offender.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, if accepted by the court, Underhill will be sentenced to 10 years and one month in prison. He remains in custody pending his March 28 sentencing date.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigation’s Newark Division, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael McCarthy, with the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. McCarren of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.