Hillside man charged with distribution of child pornography

A Hillside man has been arrested and charged with possessing and distributing child pornography, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.

Kevin A. Cole, 49, is charged with one count of second-degree distribution of child pornography and one count of fourth-degree possession of child pornography.  His bail was set at $100,000 by Union County Superior Court Judge Robert J. Mega.

Cole was arrested Wednesday at his home in Hillside following a six-week investigation initiated by the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crimes and Special Prosecutions Units.  He was lodged in the Union County Jail, with a first appearance scheduled for next week.

“Recent amendments to the New Jersey Criminal Code have allowed law enforcement agencies to more aggressively and effectively pursue those who access and distribute child pornography, particularly via file-sharing programs,” Acting Prosecutor Park said.

Convictions for second-degree crimes typically result in terms of 5 to 10 years in state prison, while convictions for fourth-degree crimes can result in imprisonment of up to 18 months.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.