NEWARK, N.J. — A Millburn resident appeared before a federal judge Tuesday on charges that he produced and possessed images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced in a press release.
Antonio Del Prado, 59, of Millburn, has been charged by complaint with one count of production of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography. He appeared by video conference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward S. Kiel and was detained without bail.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina, with the investigation leading to the charges.
According to the release from U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey, law enforcement officials learned last month that Del Prado had uploaded 56 images and 18 videos of suspected child sexual abuse to an internet-based cloud storage system.
Del Prado was also alleged by authorities to have actively participated in the production of child sexual abuse by giving instructions to another individual who was live-streaming a video of themselves sexually assaulting a child. Law enforcement arrested Del Prado at his residence in Millburn this morning.
The charge of production of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, and fine of $250,000. The charge of possession of child pornography carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and fine of $250,000.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Barnes of the U.S. Attorney’s Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit in Newark.
The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.