A Toms River man will spend nearly six years in prison after being sentenced for distributing child porn over the KIK app, announced U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito

44-year old David Nelson previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to an information charging him with distribution of child pornography.

Judge Wolfson imposed the sentence Tuesday in Trenton federal court.

As a result of an investigation conducted by the FBI Louisville, Kentucky field office, law enforcement officers arrested a man after he offered to broadcast the sexual abuse of his daughter over Kik Messenger to an undercover officer.

A search of his cell phone revealed chat group communications between that individual and another Kik user operating under the user name “candicesloan1995,” which was later revealed to be Nelson.

Nelson was arrested April 9, 2018.

On Tuesday, Nelson admitted that between October 24, 2017 and October 26, 2017, he used his Kik account under the user name “candicesloan1995” to transmit at least 26 images of child pornography to another Kik user.

Nelson also admitted that he was an administrator of multiple Kik chat rooms in which child pornography was shared and discussed.

In addition to prison time, Judge Wolfson sentenced Nelson to five years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited FBI special agents of the Franklin Township Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory Ehrie in Newark, FBI special agents under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Amy S. Hess in Louisville, and FBI special agents under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Slater in Detroit, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

He also thanked the Toms River Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Mitchell A. Little, for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Brendan Day of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.

Defense counsel: Andrea D. Bergman Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trenton.

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