Kearny man, an NJ DCFS caseworker, found with child porn at EWR, US Attorney says

 

 

A Kearny man whose job is to protect children from irresponsible adults finds himself on the wrong side of the law after the United States Attorney’s Office says he was found with child porn on an electronic device recently at Newark Liberty International Airport

Trent Collier, 55, of Kearny, a caseworker for the New Jersey Department of Children and Family Services, is charged by complaint with one count of possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Rachel A. Honig said.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On Sept. 28, 2021, Collier arrived at Newark Airport aboard a flight from the Dominican Republic. Law enforcement officials searched his luggage and say they located a tablet device and a cellular phone.

A forensic search of both devices identified at least two images of child sexual abuse depicting prepubescent children. Based on an analysis of the phone, Collier sent the images via WhatsApp message.

The maximum penalty if Collier is convicted is 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross pecuniary gain to the defendant or twice the gross pecuniary loss to someone else, whichever is greatest.

He made his initial appearance by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre and was released on $50,000 unsecured bond.

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