Registered Sex Offender Charged wth Possession of Child Pornography | USAO-NJ

NEWARK, N.J. – A Passaic County, New Jersey, man is scheduled to make his initial appearance today after being charged with possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Robert Klemt, 34, of Wayne, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with one count of possession of child pornography. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance this afternoon by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Clark III.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

In June 2020, agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, approached Klemt at his residence after receiving information suggesting that Klemt had accessed a website containing child pornography. Law enforcement subsequently discovered over 70 images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children on Klemt’s laptop computer.

Klemt was previously convicted of endangering the welfare of a child/distribution of child pornography in Essex County in 2014. The charge of possession of child pornography, for a repeat offender, carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with HSI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Barnes of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

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