TRENTON, NJ – A man in Ocean County, New Jersey today admitted to possessing thousands of images and videos depicting child sexual abuse, Acting Prosecutor Rachael A. Honig said.
Andrew Ramey, 34, of Brick, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by video conference before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti to a brief accusing him of possession of child pornography.
According to the documents filed in this case and the statements made in court:
From March 13, 2020 to June 8, 2020, Ramey uploaded and shared material containing images of child sexual abuse, via the BitTorrent Network, an online peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing network accessible to public of linked computers. Users must download P2P software, which is widely available for free on the Internet. The software allows the user to place files in a designated “shared” folder on their hard drive, from which other BitTorrent users can then download these files directly to “shared” folders on their own computers. Users can then search, select and download these files directly.
Law enforcement used investigative software to access the BitTorrent network and downloaded video files containing images of child sexual abuse from one or more devices assigned an IP address at the residence by Ramey. On November 13, 2020, law enforcement raided Ramey’s home and seized Ramey’s cell phones. The analysis found that the phones contained thousands of images and videos containing images of child sexual abuse, along with BitTorrent software.
In a previous federal lawsuit in 2018, Ramey was convicted of one count of possession of child pornography by the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. For a repeat offender, the charge of possession in the news carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a legal maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, as well as a fine of $ 250,000 or double. gross pecuniary gain or loss, whichever is greater. . Sentencing is scheduled for April 12, 2022.
Acting US Attorney Honig credited the Special Agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, Atlantic City, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina in Newark; detectives in the Ocean County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney Bradley D. Billhimer; the Brick Police Department, under the direction of Chief James Riccio; and the Mount Laurel Police Department, under the direction of Chief Stephen Riedener, the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant US Attorney Alexander E. Ramey of the Criminal Division of the US Attorney’s Office in Trenton.