Elizabeth man charged with possession, distribution of child pornography

An Elizabeth man has been arrested and charged with collecting and sharing numerous images of child pornography online, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Wednesday.

Gustavo Llanes, 54, is charged with second-degree possession of child pornography and second-degree distribution of child pornography.

The arrest marked the culmination of a five-month investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Prosecutions Unit and High Tech Crimes Unit following a referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children via the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The investigation revealed that Llanes repeatedly used his personal computer to share with others online numerous images portraying what appeared to be juvenile males engaged in various sexual acts.

With the assistance of the New Jersey State Police and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, members of the Prosecutor’s Office’s High Tech Crimes Unit and Guns, Gangs, Drugs, and Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Llanes early Tuesday morning at his home on the 800 block of East Jersey Street in Elizabeth, after which his personal computer and two external hard drives were seized.

Bail for Llanes was set at $75,000 by state Superior Court Judge Robert J. Mega, and he subsequently was lodged in Union County Jail.

Convictions on second-degree criminal charges can result in sentences 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.