Ex-New Egypt Resident Confesses to Child Porn Possession

On June 20, 2024, in Newark, NJ, a Burlington County man from New Jersey confessed to possessing numerous images and videos depicting child sexual abuse, as announced by U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger. Dennis Nerolich, aged 68, who hails from Burlington, New Jersey, and was previously a resident of New Egypt, New Jersey, entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti at the federal court in Newark. The charge against him was related to the possession of child pornography.

Court documents and statements revealed that between March 2016 and May 1, 2018, Nerolich had in his possession multiple images and videos showing child sexual abuse. These illicit materials were received by Nerolich from his roommate or landlord at that time, Frank Maile. It was disclosed that on September 6, 2023, Maile also pleaded guilty before Judge Martinotti, facing charges related to engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and producing child pornography. Maile is awaiting sentencing on June 27, 2024.

The offense of possessing child pornography carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The sentencing for Nerolich is set for November 6, 2024. U.S. Attorney Sellinger acknowledged the efforts of special agents from Homeland Security Investigations Newark, under the supervision of Acting Special Agent in Charge William S. Walker, for their role in the investigation that led to the guilty plea.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elisa T. Wiygul from the Criminal Division in Camden is representing the government in this case. Meanwhile, defense counsel K. Anthony Thomas, Assistant Federal Public Defender in Newark, is representing Nerolich. The legal proceedings are unfolding in the backdrop of a significant case that highlights the gravity of crimes related to child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Amidst the legal proceedings, the focus remains on delivering justice and ensuring that individuals involved in such heinous activities face the consequences of their actions. The collaboration between law enforcement agencies and the judicial system is crucial in combating crimes against children and upholding the laws that protect the most vulnerable members of society. As the case progresses, the impact of these criminal acts reverberates, emphasizing the importance of vigilance and accountability in safeguarding children from exploitation and abuse.

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