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Hudson County Man Charged with Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

Julio Albery Nunez Arrested for Production and Possession of Illegal Content

NEWARK, N.J. Julio Albery Nunez, a 27-year-old resident of West New York, New Jersey, has been charged with serious federal crimes relating to the production and possession of child sexual abuse images, according to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger. Nunez was arrested on May 20, 2024, and made his initial court appearance the following day before U.S. Magistrate Judge José R. Almonte in Newark federal court, where he was detained.

Law enforcement agencies began investigating Nunez in December 2022 for his involvement in distributing child pornography through various online and dark web platforms. Recently, investigations revealed that Nunez used an online gaming platform to impersonate a teenage girl, engaging a minor in conversation and obtaining videos that depicted child sexual abuse.

The charges filed against Nunez include one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a potential maximum of 30 years in prison, along with a $250,000 fine. Additionally, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a similar fine for possession of child pornography.

This arrest was a collaborative effort by the FBI Newark’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy. Contributions also came from the West New York Police Department and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006 to combat the proliferation of child sexual exploitation and abuse. The initiative aims to marshal federal, state, and local resources to better identify, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, and to rescue victims.

The legal proceedings are overseen by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Taj Moore and Rebecca Sussman from the OCDETF/Narcotics Unit in Newark. It is important to note that the charges are merely accusations, and Nunez is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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