UNION, NJ – A Township of Union man has been charged with possessing and distributing hundreds of computer files depicting child pornography, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.

A Union County grand jury has returned a three-count indictment against Jadir Souza, 62.  Souza is charged with second-degree distribution of child pornography, second-degree distribution using a file-sharing program, and third-degree possession of child pornography, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Shawn Barnes, who is prosecuting the case.

An investigation referred to the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Prosecutions Unit by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations revealed that Souza allegedly used a peer-to-peer file-sharing program to view and distribute child pornography from his home computer, with the material in question constituting at least 200 video files and 400 images, Barnes said.

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Souza was arrested in November 2016 and held on $100,000 bail.

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about Souza’s activities to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Kalebota at 908-527-4567. 

Convictions on second-degree criminal offenses are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison, while third-degree crimes typically result in terms of 3 to 5 years.  

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.