NEWARK, N.J. – A Cedar Grove man pled guilty to distributing images of child sexual abuse over the internet, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

Samuel LaSala, 47, plead guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in Newark federal court on Wednesday, charged with one count of distributing child pornography.

According to court documents, LaSala, who was employed as a computer programmer at a New Jersey university, admitted that between May 2017 and January 2018 he possessed videos of child sexual abuse on his laptop computer and made those videos available for others to download via an online peer-to-peer file sharing network. He admitted possessing approximately 100 videos, which included images of prepubescent children.

The count of distribution of child pornography carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a mandatory minimum prison sentence of five years, and a maximum fine of $250,000. As part of his guilty plea, LaSala agreed to forfeit the computer he used to commit the offense. He will also be required to register as a sex offender. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 22, 2019.