Bayonne man caught with over 90,000 files of child porn gets 3 years in prison

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A Bayonne man that was one of 27 arrested in 2012 as part of “Operation Watchdog,” an investigation led by New Jersey State Police and the state Division of Criminal Justice, received three years in prison yesterday for distributing child pornography on the Internet. He was in possession of over 90,000 files of child pornography when he was arrested, Acting Attorney General John Jay Hoffman announced.

A mugshot of John T. Kondes after being arrested for distribution of child pornography in April 2012.
A mugshot of John T. Kondes after being arrested for distribution of child pornography in April 2012.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

John T. Kondes, 58, of Bayonne pleaded guilty on August 1 to charges of second-degree offering child pornography and fourth-degree possession of child pornography. He was sentenced on Friday by Hudson County Superior Court Judge Mitzy Galis-Menendez, officials said.

Furthermore, as a result of the guilty plea, Kondes is required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law, authorities said.

“Offenders like Kondes share in the horrific victimization of children, directly fueling the demand that motivates child predators to sexually abuse children and to record their heinous acts, so that the violation continues in perpetuity on the Internet,” Hoffman said in a prepared statement.

“We’re working hard to arrest these offenders and send them to prison.”

When he was arrested on April 11, 2012, Kondes admitted to knowingly using Internet file sharing software to make child pornography files available for others to download from a “shared folder” on his computer, court documents show.

In searching Kondes’ home, NJ State Police uncovered a massive child pornography library that included over 90,000 pictures and/or video clips found on compact discs, police said.

“Our message to those like Kondes who join these networks of users and sharers of child pornography is that we’ve got a line on you and we’re going to send you to prison,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice in a written statement. “The same technology that gives you access to these vile images gives law enforcement access to you and evidence of your crimes.”

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  1. What message are you sending? You talk about how “horrific” child porn is and this dude had a “massive” collection (your words) and he only gets 3 years. He is already ready to come home after serving 85%.

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