ROSELLE, NJ - Dimas Zuniga, 45, of Roselle, N.J., was sentenced on Friday to five years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Lisa Miralles Walsh in Union County.
According to Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino, Zuniga possessed approximately 350 videos and images of child pornography and distributed them on the Internet. Zuniga was arrested last year in “Operation Safeguard,” a child pornography sweep conducted by the Division of Criminal Justice, ICE Homeland Security Investigations and the New Jersey State Police.
Zuniga pleaded guilty on June 5 to, a second-degree charge of distribution of child pornography. He will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and will be subject to parole supervision for life.
Authorities say, in pleading guilty, Zuniga admitted that he knowingly used file-sharing software to make multiple files containing child pornography readily available for any other user to download from a designated “shared folder” on his computer.
“Child pornography is a product that is manufactured by torturing and sexually exploiting young children, and criminals like Zuniga who distribute this product online contribute directly to that exploitation,” said Attorney General Porrino. “By sending offenders like Zuniga to prison, we hammer home the message that this is a very serious crime that will be met with stern punishment.”
“Through sweeps like Operation Safeguard, we will continue to lock up those who share child pornography online,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “While offenders like Zuniga might believe they can hide their abhorrent crimes in the privacy of their homes, we want them to know that their use of the internet places them directly in our sights.”