35 year old Thomas Rosario was indicted for the distribution of child pornography on social media application Kik on the 26th of August in a court in New York as revealed in a press release from the Department of Justice (DOJ).
This case was made public by U.S Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the FBI, James N. Hendricks, in a partnership between the two agencies to pursue and take legal action against pedophiles and sexual predators who prey on children online.
Investigations suggest that in May 2017, Rosario used the handle “tommynewtothis” on the Kik messaging app and distributed child pornography by sharing links to Dropbox accounts which harboured child pornography with other individuals over the app.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation continues investigating the case which will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Barnett with assistance from the Project Safe Childhood, an initiative implemented nationwide which purposes to protectchildren from onlineexploitation and abuse.
With impact that is bellied by an alliance between local, state and federal institutions and their resources to identify, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exhibit predatory behaviour towards children on the internet, and also head rescue missions for victims of sexual predators.
Rosario could face at least 5 years and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and added period of about 5 years to life during which he would be supervised post-imprisonment.
With reference to Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the judge would have to consider conditions and circumstances leading up to the commission of the crime Rosario is accused of. After imprisonment, Rosario would also have to register as a sex offender.
He was arraigned before U.S Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel on 26th August who released him under pretrial supervision conditions.
Information on when the case will go to trial is yet to be shared.