Feds: Bayonne man who posed as teen online gets 22 years in child porn case

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A Bayonne man who posed as both a teenage boy and girl online in order to solicit pictures of underage females in sexually explicit positions,  then distributing those images to others, was sentenced to 22 years in prison yesterday, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced. Federal Court

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Erik Vanderbeck, 49, of Bayonne, was issued a 22-year sentenced by U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson yesterday, authorities said.

He was previously convicted on two counts of production of child pornography, one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. The jury deliberated just one hour following a one-week trial before  Wolfson in Trenton federal court.

Vanderbeck allegedly met various underage girls in Internet chat rooms while pretending to be a teenage boy, and at times, a teenage girl. Over the course of their correspondence, Vanderbeck would ask them to send him nude images of themselves, authorities said.

Once Vanderbeck received nude images, he would threaten to post the victim’s nude images online unless she sent more. In some cases, Vanderbeck would send nude images that he had received from certain of his victims to other minors to induce them to self-produce child pornography, officials said.

When one of the victims threatened to report Vanderbeck to the authorities, he replied, “The cops will never catch me,” according to court documents.

Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Vanderbeck’s home in Bayonne on July 22, 2014. They recovered computer equipment belonging to Vanderbeck containing images appearing to be of child pornography.

Authorities also said that several of his victims said they produced images of child sexual abuse out of fear and in response to his threats.

On top of his lengthy prison sentence, Vanderbeck will also have to serve 10 years of supervised release.