PATERSON, NJ - A 30-year-old Clifton man has been arrested and charged with four counts involving distributing, maintaining and possessing images of suspected child pornography.
According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, Christopher M. Lucas, a Clifton resident and custodian at the North Caldwell Public School System, was identified by detectives from the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, as the individual responsible for sending himself approximately 133 image and video files of child sexual abuse, via email.
The images recovered were not of identified child victims known to the defendant but were images of children obtained via the internet. Lucas was charged with one count of second degree Distribution of Child Pornography, one count of second degree Maintaining child pornography in a file sharing program, and two counts of third degree Possession of Child Pornography, in total punishable by up to 30 years in New Jersey State Prison. Parole Supervision for Life and Megan’s Law provisions are applicable upon conviction.