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Former Audubon Park Fire Chief Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Sharing Child Porn

TRENTON –Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced that the

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former chief of the Audubon Park Volunteer Fire Company in Camden County, N.J., was sentenced to state prison today for using a computer at the fire station to share child pornography online using a peer-to-peer file-sharing network.

 

John Terruso, 46, of Marlton, N.J., former chief of the Audubon Park Volunteer Fire Company, was sentenced to six years in state prison, including three years of parole ineligibility, by Superior Court Judge John T. Kelley in Camden County.  Terruso pleaded guilty on May 30 to charges of second-degree distribution of child pornography and third-degree possession of 100 or more files of child pornography.  He must register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and will be subject to parole supervision for life.  He also is permanently barred from public office and employment.

Deputy Attorney General John Nicodemo prosecuted Terruso and handled the sentencing hearing for the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau.

In pleading guilty, Terruso admitted that he knowingly used Internet file-sharing software to make multiple files of child pornography available for any other user to download from “shared folders” that he controlled on a computer at the fire station on Road C.  Terruso was arrested on June 10, 2015 at the fire station, where investigators executed a search warrant and discovered more than 1,000 files of suspected child pornography on computer equipment used by Terruso.  The charges are the result of an investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice and ICE Homeland Security Investigations Newark, assisted by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and the Haddon Township Police Department.  The investigation began when a special agent of HSI was monitoring a file-sharing network and identified an Internet Protocol address, ultimately traced to a computer at the fire station, which had child pornography available in a shared folder, including videos of prepubescent girls engaging in sexual acts with adult males, as well as videos of prepubescent boys engaging in sexual acts with other boys and adult males.  Further investigation revealed Terruso was the person using the computers to share child pornography.

 

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