NEWARK, NJ – Eric S. Komar, a township resident, music teacher and singer/songwriter who performs for children at synagogues, Jewish community centers, camps and conventions nationwide was arrested at his home Tuesday and charged with receiving and distributing images of child sexual abuse, according to Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.
Komar, 46, was arrested by special agents of the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force. He is charged by complaint with one count of receiving and distributing child pornography. Komar made his initial appearance Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge James B. Clark III in Newark federal court and was remanded without bail, according to Fitzpatrick.
The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and the Hillsborough Police Department assisted with the investigation.
There are several YouTube videos and other sites on various social media that feature Komar's music; he formerly lived in Freehold and North Brunswick.
According to the criminal complaint, other documents and statements made in court:
Komar used a peer-to-peer file-sharing program to obtain and distribute images and videos that including images of prepubescent children being sexually abused, first detected by an undercover law enforcement officer on April 20. Files were downloaded from the IP (Internet Protocol) address, which was associated with the suspect, according to the complaint.
The complaint includes graphic descriptions of 3 files, all of which contained images of naked, prepubescent girls.
Authoritiies executed a search warrant at Komar's 14 Lorien Place residence while the suspect was at home. Police confiscated a computer thumb drive, an external hard drive, a laptop computer and a desktop computer; a preliminary review of all devices found images and videos of child pornography, according to the complaint.
The suspect admitted to police that he had accumulated a large library of child pornography, according to the complaint, including thousands of images and photos.
Anyone with information regarding possible victims is urged to contact the FBI in Newark at 973-792-3000.
The count with which Komar is charged carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.
Fitzpatrick credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher; members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and County Chief of Detectives John W. Fodor; the Hillsborough Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief Darren Powell, and the N.J. Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, with the investigation leading to the charges.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Leticia Vandehaar of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.