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Man Sentenced to State Prison for Sexual Assault, Child Pornography Network, and Related Offenses

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MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Morris County Chief of Detectives Robert McNally, Morris Township Police Chief Robert Shearer, and Morristown Police Chief Darnell Richardson confirmed that Ruben Gonzalez, 20, formerly of Morristown, has been sentenced to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison.

On April 12, 2023, Gonzalez entered guilty pleas to nine counts of second degree Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2c(1), one count of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4b(5)(b)(ii), one count of second degree Leader of a Child Pornography Network in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4.1a, and 25 counts of third degree Invasion of Privacy in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-9b(1).

On September 29, the Honorable Judge Ralph E. Amirata, J.S.C. sentenced Gonzalez to an aggregate sentence of twenty years New Jersey State Prison subject to ten years of parole ineligibility. Gonzalez is required to serve 85% of his sentence on the Sexual Assault charges pursuant to the No Early Release Act. Gonzalez will also be required to register under Megan’s Law upon release and is subject to Parole Supervision for Life.

The investigation began with several reports of sexual assaults committed by Gonzalez. Following an examination of his cell phone, it was determined that on or between December 2, 2020, and November 5, 2021, he conspired with others to lead a child pornography network, using the Telegram application to communicate and coordinate the distribution of child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Gonzalez used the “Screen Record” option on his cell phone to secretly record and save the sexual activity of the victims without their knowledge or consent. Some of the victims of the defendant’s conduct were minors.

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Frank Cahill
Frank Cahillhttps://www.frankcahill.com
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since January 1, 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town, and Chairman of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board. Owner of the Morris now app serving small business in Morris County.
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