By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Felix Restitullo, 41, Jersey City, was convicted of one count of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography following a two-week trial before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls in Newark federal court.
According to court documents, Restitullo lived with his mother, who acted as caregiver to children, including the victim, an underage girl who is a member of their family.
On March 13, 2014, as a result of an ongoing investigation into the sexual abuse of minor children, law enforcement officers interviewed the victim, who told the officers that Restitullo had sexually abused her and photographed it.
As a result, Restitullo was arrested and charged by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of the girl.
In connection with his arrest, officers searched Restitullo’s bedroom and recovered a camera and multiple electronic media devices belonging to Restitullo.
A forensic examination of the devices was performed, and law enforcement agents identified photographs that depicted the victim’s sexual abuse saved on a thumb drive found in Restitullo’s closet.
In this instance, agents identified more than 3,000 images and more than 350 videos of child sexual abuse.
The charge of production of child pornography carries a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison, a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
However, because of Restitullo’s prior conviction for possession of child pornography, he is subject to an increased mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years and a maximum prison term of 50 years.
His sentencing is scheduled for June 20.