PHYSICIAN'S HOBBY: DABBLING IN SHOCKING CHILD PORN
Jim Kouri, CPP
January 17, 2012
Dr. Martino’s computer hard drive included pictures of very young children being restrained and sexually abused -- including a bound and gagged toddler.
Dr. Rocco Martino of South Orange, New Jersey, confessed on Tuesday to making available images and videos of pre-pubescent children being sexually abused—sometimes violently—to others over the Internet, according to a report obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police.
The 43-year old Martino, a doctor who recently practiced internal and sports medicine in Berkeley Heights, N.J., entered his guilty plea to the charges of receipt and distribution of child pornography. The guilty plea was made during his allocution before U.S. District Judge Williams H. Walls in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made during Martino’s guilty plea allocution:
Martino admitted that between November and December 2010, he downloaded and posted videos and images of child pornography via peer-to-peer file-sharing software, through which others had access to the material on a shared drive.
Martino admitted that his offerings included images of numerous children younger than 12 and depictions of sadistic and violent conduct. The images downloaded by federal investigators and found on Martino’s computer included pictures of very young children being restrained and sexually abused, including a bound and gagged toddler.
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As part of his guilty plea, Martino agreed to forfeit the computer and computer accessories which he used to commit the offense. He will also be required to register as a sex offender and loses his license to practice medicine.
The receipt and distribution of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, and a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Sentencing is currently scheduled for April 10, 2012.
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