– Acting Attorney General Paula T.
Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen
J. Taylor announced that a Jersey City man
was indicted today on charges that he distributed
child pornography on the Internet.
Division of Criminal Justice Major Crimes
Bureau obtained a three-count state grand
jury indictment charging Nicholas Castrovinci,
29, of Jersey City, with second-degree distribution
of child pornography, second-degree offering
child pornography and fourth-degree possession
of child pornography.
indictment alleges that on June 30, 2009,
Castrovinci knowingly used Internet file
sharing software to make multiple files
containing child pornography readily available
for any other user to download from a designated
“shared folder” on his computer.
A detective for the New Jersey State Police
Digital Technology Investigation Unit was
conducting an undercover investigation into
the possession and distribution of child
pornography on the Internet via peer-to-peer
software, when he allegedly downloaded two
video files that contained child pornography
from the shared folder on Castrovinci’s
was arrested on July 31, 2009. A search
warrant executed by the New Jersey State
Police on that date revealed numerous videos
containing child pornography on his computer.
At the time of his arrest, Castrovinci was
on probation as a result of a guilty plea
to fourth-degree criminal sexual contact
obtained by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s
Office. He is being held in the Hudson County
Jail on the violation of probation and in
lieu of $150,000 bail.
Attorney General Lee Schaer presented the
case to the state grand jury.
crimes carry a maximum sentence of 10 years
in state prison and a $150,000 fine, while
fourth-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence
of 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The indictment is merely an accusation and
the defendant is presumed innocent until