Cranford resident charged with distribution, possession of child pornography
A Cranford man has been accused of sharing images and videos depicting child pornography over the Internet, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Wednesday.
Eugene Jukniewicz, 48, is charged with second-degree distribution of child pornography and third-degree possession of child pornography.
A month-long investigation into Jukniewicz’s actions led by Detective Daniel Gallagher of the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Prosecutions Unit was initiated by a referral from the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Shawn Barnes, who is prosecuting the case. The investigation revealed that Jukniewicz was obtaining and sharing computer files depicting a range of acts constituting child pornography, Barnes said.
Jukniewicz was arrested without incident at his home Tuesday morning, when investigators also seized a computer and a tablet containing more than 25 such computer files. State Superior Court Judge Regina Caulfield set bail at $150,000, and he subsequently was lodged in Union County Jail, with a first appearance scheduled to take place in the coming days.
Convictions on second-degree crimes are commonly punishable by terms of 5 to 10 years in state prison.
These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.