A Lakewood man found with one of the largest collections of child porn ever seized by law enforcement in New Jersey is sentenced Wednesday to six-years in state prison including three years of parole ineligibility, announced Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

31-year old Anthony White accrued over 36,000 child porn videos and images on his computer devices.

White must also register as a sex offender under Megan's law and will be under parole supervision for life.

He was one of 40-men arrested in 2016 during "Operation Statewide", a child pornography sweep by the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which includes the New Jersey State Police, Division of Criminal Justice, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, and numerous state, county and local law enforcement agencies.

White plead guilty on March 6 to second-degree charges of distributing child pornography and attempting to manufacture child pornography.

In pleading guilty, White admitted that he knowingly used file-sharing software to make 25 or more files of child pornography readily available for any other user to download from a "shared folder" on his computer.

He also admitted his ties to the attempted manufacturing charge that he tried to reproduce images of child pornography he previously downloaded.

While monitoring a peer-to-peer file-sharing network popular with sex offenders, a detective of the New Jersey State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit (DTIU) downloaded 38 videos and images of child pornography from a shared folder at a computer IP address later traced to White.

He was arrested on July 20, 2016, when members of the DTIU and State Police TEAMS Unit executed a search warrant at his home and seized computer devices, including a desktop computer.

“We are working hard through our proactive online investigations to banish the offensive notion that viewing child pornography is somehow a victim-less crime,” Attorney General Grewal said. “Tens of thousands of children were cruelly abused to create the videos and images in White’s collection, and he exploited and re-victimized those children by his actions.”

“By sending defendants like White to prison, we deliver the message that possessing and distributing child pornography are very serious crimes – crimes that create a market for the terrible abuse of innocent children,” Director Veronica Allende of the Division of Criminal Justice said. “This prison sentence reflects our determination to prosecute these offenders aggressively using New Jersey’s tough child pornography laws.”

“People like Anthony White care more about getting caught than they do about the innocent children who are subjected to the horrific abuses portrayed in the videos they willingly share on the internet,” Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police said. “As a result of the great work by our troopers and law enforcement partners, White will remain under parole supervision for life after he serves his prison sentence.”

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