ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted for using file-sharing software to share child pornography from his computer devices, which contained approximately 2,900 images and videos of child pornography.
Jerrel D. Harris, 32, of Elizabeth was sentenced to eight years in state prison, including five years of parole ineligibility, by Superior Court Judge Daniel R. Lindemann in Union County.
According to Authorities, was arrested and charged in 2014 in Operation Predator Alert, a multi-agency child pornography sweep and found guilty on Jan. 24 in a jury trial of second-degree distribution of child pornography, second-degree offering child pornography (storing or maintaining child pornography using a file-sharing program), and third-degree possession of child pornography.
Authorities said a detective who was monitoring the file-sharing network downloaded a video of a girl, believed to be 2 to 4 years of age, being raped by an adult male. The video was in a shared folder at an IP address that was traced to Harris. On July 14, 2014, detectives of the Division of Criminal Justice, assisted by the New Jersey State Police, Elizabeth Police and other law enforcement agencies, executed a search warrant at Harris’ residence in Elizabeth. Investigators seized a laptop computer that was found to contain child pornography. A full forensic examination by ICE Homeland Security Investigations of the laptop and other seized devices revealed approximately 2,900 images and videos of child pornography. Harris had approximately 1,400 files of child pornography in a shared folder on his computer where other users could download them.
Former Deputy Attorney General Naju Lathia presented the Harris indictment to the state grand jury. Harris will be required to also register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and will be subject to parole supervision for life.
Anyone with information about the distribution of child pornography on the internet or about suspected improper contact by unknown persons communicating with children via the internet or possible exploitation or sexual abuse of children – can contact the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Tipline at 888-648-6007.