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Wayne NJ, a Passaic County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 120 months’ imprisonment for possessing multiple images and videos depicting child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.
Robert Klemt, 35, of Wayne, New Jersey previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden in Newark federal court to an Information charging him with one count of possessing child pornography. Judge Hayden imposed the sentence today by videoconference.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
In June 2020, agents with the Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations approached Klemt at his residence after receiving information suggesting that Klemt had accessed a website containing images of child sexual abuse. Law enforcement subsequently discovered on Klemt’s laptop computer over 70 images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children.
Klemt was previously convicted of endangering the welfare of a child/distribution of child pornography in Essex County in 2014.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Hayden also sentenced Klemt to 10 years of supervised release. Klemt must also register as a sex offender.
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents with the Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Barnes of the U.S. Attorney’s Criminal Division in Newark.