South Orange Resident and Doctor Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

A South Orange man who practiced internal and sports medicine in Berkeley Heights pleaded guilty yesterday to federal charges of receiving and distributing child pornography. Rocco Martino, 43, entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Williams H. Walls in Newark federal court.

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office:

According to documents filed in this case and statements made during Martino’s guilty plea proceeding:

Martino admitted that between November and December 2010, he downloaded and posted videos and images of child pornography via peer-to-peer file sharing software – through which others had access to the material on a shared drive. Martino admitted that his offerings included images of numerous children younger than 12 and depictions of sadistic and violent conduct. The images downloaded by federal investigators and found on Martino’s computer included pictures of very young children being restrained and sexually abused – including a bound and gagged toddler.

As part of his guilty plea, Martino agreed to forfeit the computer and computer accessories which he used to commit the offense. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

The receipt and distribution of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, and a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is currently scheduled for April 10, 2012.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI Newark Division’s Cyber Crime Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward; detectives of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray; and the South Orange Police Department, under the direction of Chief James M. Chelel, with the investigation leading to the guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney José R. Almonte of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. “As part of his guilty plea, Martino agreed to forfeit the computer and computer accessories which he used to commit the offense.”

    Is that all??? He ought to “forfeit” his testosterone-producing body parts too!

    Ugh. Stories like this make me physically ill.

  2. I think child porn criminals deserve life in prison with no parole. There is no known cure for this behavior and the recidivism rate is high.

    I am always amazed, when I read stories like this, at the stupidity of pervs who use their computers for this stuff, never thinking they’re going to get caught. The FBI is all over cases like this and they certainly have the technology today that enables them to nab people like this.

  3. It’s not all, thankfully. Sentencing will take place in a few months and there’s a mandatory jail sentence. I do not understand how anyone can take pleasure in seeing images of children, animals, anyone, being hurt. (What consenting adults do is another issue of course).

    Just shows how deceptive people can be. I would have said looking at his picture he looks so pleasant and harmless. Ugh.

  4. Recidivism rates for sex offenders aren’t exactly high. This is from CNN, reporting on an FBI report:

    Within 3 years following their 1994 state prison release, 5.3 percent of sex offenders (men who had committed rape or sexual assault) were rearrested for another sex crime, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. If all crimes are included, 43 percent of sex offenders were rearrested for various offenses.

    – Sex offenders were less likely than non-sex offenders to be rearrested for any offense –– 43 percent of sex offenders versus 68 percent of non-sex offenders. But sex offenders were about four times more likely than non-sex offenders to be arrested for another sex crime after their discharge from prison –– 5.3 percent of sex offenders versus 1.3 percent of non-sex offenders.

  5. Anyone that enjoys photos or video of babies being sexually violated has served noticed that they can no longer function in a civilized society or Baristaville for that matter. No second chance on this sort of sick behavior in Herbieville.

  6. I think pedophilia from what I’ve read is completely incurable. From what I understand it is a miswiring somewhere in the brain and the best that can be hoped for is control.

    (I don’t mean going with a 16 year old, but with a child).

  7. Wouldn’t recidivism be defined as, well, getting caught again? Perhaps the perverts changed their modus operandi and are still preying on children. I highly doubt that such a sick compulsion can just be stopped. As long as people are throwing around data points, it would be instructive to note the number of those molested that themselves go on to perpetuate this type of behavior. I don’t know the exact number, but it is high. Lives are being ruined. In a society where we are so quick to impose zero tolerance policies for the most minor of offenses, it is curious to adopt an attitude that a recidivism rate of 5.35 of male sex offenders is “not exactly high.” We’re not talking about jaywalking here. People that enjoy photos of children being subjected to this type of behavior are criminally insane, not just coloring outside of society’s lines.

  8. And thue purpose of this item was (save for all the distasteful clucking above)…well, what exactly? This qualifies as “local news” of interest or actual import?

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