Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Christopher M. Rudow - Busted for Child Porn Production

A Brick man is facing federal charges accusing him of producing, receiving and possessing child pornography, authorities said.

Christopher M. Rudow, 36, was arrested Friday, according to U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie.

Between Nov. 1, 2006 and Jan. 8, 2007, Rudow persuaded, enticed, and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct so he could produce a video-record of the conduct, authorities said.

On Jan. 8, 2007, a search warrant was executed at Rudow's home, and police seized items, including two computers, a Canon digital video camera and a Sprint PalmOne Treo 650 camera phone, according to the complaint.

Brick police arrested him that day, but the case will now be prosecuted federally.

Rudow surrendered to the FBI Friday morning, then made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Tonianne J. Bongiovanni, who detained him, pending a bail hearing scheduled for tomorrow, authorities said.

If convicted, Rudow faces a maximum of 30 years in prison on the production of child pornography charge. The charge of receipt of child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, while the possession charge has a 10-year maximum term. Each charge also carries a fine up to $250,000 if convicted.

State Department of Corrections records show Rudow served five months in the Ocean County Jail in 2004 and 2005 after being convicted on theft and drug possession charges.

The FBI, Brick police, and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office handled the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jimmy Kitchen is handling the government's case.

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