Colonia man charged with distributing images of child sexual abuse


A Colonia man was arrested in his home on Dec. 17 on charges he distributed images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

James A. Gabany, 36, is charged by complaint with one count of distributing child pornography. He made his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Steven C. Mannion in Newark federal court. He was released to a third-party custodian with home detention and electronic monitoring, according to the statement.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Gabany allegedly used peer-to-peer file sharing on his computer to distribute files containing images and videos of child sexual abuse, including images of prepubescent children.

The charge of distributing child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.