Ex-MKA Teacher Pleads Guilty on Kiddie Porn Charges

This just in from our friends at Cliffview Pilot: Brian Stern, a former 7th grade science teacher and swim coach at an Montclair’s Kimberley Academy, admitted today that he trafficked in online images and videos of pre-pubescent children being sexually abused, sometimes violently.

Stern, 35, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Newark to a single count of receiving and distributing child pornography.

Federal agents arrested Stern in May 2011 after detectives from the Essex County prosecutor’s office discovered that he distributed images of children under 12 years old in sadistic and violent situations. Some were being restrained and sexually abused, they said.

Stern, who faces several years in federal prison when he’s sentenced on July 24, will be required to register as a Megan’s Law sex offender.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman credited special agents of the FBI Newark Division’s Cyber Crime Task Force and detectives from Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray’s Cyber Crimes Unit with making the case, which was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam N. Subervi of the Fishman’s Criminal Division in Newark.

Stern taught middle-school science at MKA for nearly six years, beginning in 2003, then took a year off to travel abroad before returning in September 2009. He also worked with youngsters during the summer at Camp Canadensis in Pennsylvania.

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24 COMMENTS

  1. Well, I know what I am going to say will get blasted. So first, I am not supporting kiddie porn. Just don’t twist what I say.

    I am merely saying that this language used — this is common in criminal charges –makes it sound a lot worse than it is. This guy was merely looking at pictures he got online. And apparently he posted them or sent them to other people. That’s it. He is not even accused of doing anything improper with a child, nor with producing any child porn. They are not even saying that he so much as paid for it, so he’s not even being accused of supporting its production. He simply got it online and looked at it and shared it. That’s all.

    I know the laws can come down crazily hard on this. But to my mind, simply looking at it should be no more than a misdemeanor. In fact, I’m not sure simply looking at it should be a problem. Its what you do that counts, not what you see.

    I’m not promoting kiddie porn, and it is of no interest to me. But OK, so now I shall be blasted.

  2. me1004,

    Not sure if you have an agenda of some kind. I will say this though, people regularly get jail sentences for merely possessing child pornography that dwarf the jail sentences that people get for killing children. Many federal judges have rallied against certain mandatory sentences Congress put in place for these types of crimes. While people are properly repulsed by these crimes, kind of hard to justify a 80 year jail sentence for accessing a website when people who kill children frequently get 15-20 years and ultimately walk the streets again.

  3. “And apparently he posted them or sent them to other people” the images were “of children under 12 years old in sadistic and violent situations. Some were being restrained and sexually abused”

    So he is charged with trafficking. To me that makes him part of the sick underworld of people that take pleasure in irreparably harming children and putting him in jail for 50-80-100 years or even putting him to death is warranted in my book. You can’t fix these people and you know what, we shouldn’t try in my opinion. I am not an abuse survivor, but I do have three kids under age 7 and in my opinion if you are into abusing and ruining kids lives then you are beyond help (and don’t tell me about sympathy since some were abused themselves as kids – tough luck, doesn’t give you license to take pleasure in abusing and supporting abuse of children). And here is why Brian Stern should be locked up forever….

    He was convicted of actively searching this out and then sharing the files with a group of likeminded people which makes him part of the problem that needs to be rooted out. Sorry, he should be punished severely as should all those who are involved in this stuff as both producers and consumers. And I agree with the following poster, punishment for people who kill children should also be much, much higher. If as a society we can justify more severe punishment for a “hate crime” penalties should be harsher for a “child crime.” We protect minority groups since the rationale is that they would otherwise be powerless, well there is no more powerless a group than children.

    “I’m not sure simply looking at it should be a problem. It’s what you do that counts, not what you see”

    How about sending it on to other pedophiles in their covery computer world? No problem with that? If these people want to see kids abused so badly but are so good with computers, why don’t they just make computer animated programs that simulate what they want and not actually harm real kids? We see Pixar and Dreamworks movies – the technology is such that it can be realistic to them and nobody actually needs to be harmed. Then there is no crime in all this – but maybe Brian Stern and other pedophiles really want is to see an actual innocent human being being harmed and abused for their own amusement. A simulation is no enough – they want to know some kid was having his childhood taken away and they want to see it happen.

    I am bashing you “me1004” about this because either you don’t have little kids or just don’t get it. They gotta go away when caught – i have a feeling his sentence won’t be harsh enough.

  4. Tell me how looking and distributing images and video of children being violently abused by perps is getting it wrong?

    Looking at child porn whether you want to admit it or not, revictimizes the child every single time some stranger clicks on that image.

    Although, I’d be happy to view a picture/video of some gross men, stripping you naked, tie you up, beat you, scare and sexually assualt you and distribute said material across the web for anybody to see including your family, friends, employer…That I might look at and grin and I wouldn’t be breaking the law… cause your an “adult” not some helpless child who neither asked or wanted it nor was it ever their fault…you tool.

    SO yes, blasted for foolishness, insanity and stupidity.

  5. Well, I will try to avoid repeating my point of view. But I must say, cspn55, the aggressive hate you spout is kind of telling. Frankly, it makes you sound far more dangerous than this guy. If we could lock up only one of you, I know which I would prefer it be in order to make for a safer world. You would execute someone for merely looking at porn?!

    As for pedophile, that is a term generally relegated to someone who actually molests or otherwise is physically involved with a child.. That is my pint, this guy did no such thing, he is not what I would call a pedophile. So let’s not start throwing around loaded language. Just stick to what he actually did do. As I said, its what you do that counts, not what you see. He did nothing with children.

    And aflarfin, sorry, you’re just making up stuff out of thin air in order to try to falsely make it out like this guy did something rather than merely saw something. You resort to name calling rather than substance.

  6. Well, I will try to avoid repeating my point of view. But I must say, cspn55, the aggressive hate you spout is kind of telling. Frankly, it makes you sound far more dangerous than this guy. If we could lock up only one of you, I know which I would prefer it be in order to make for a safer world. You would execute someone for merely looking at porn?!

    As for pedophile, that is a term generally relegated to someone who actually molests or otherwise is physically involved with a child. That is my point, this guy did no such thing, he is not what I would call a pedophile. So let’s not start throwing around loaded language. Just stick to what he actually did do. As I said, it is what you do that is important, not what you see. He did nothing with children.

    And aflarfin, sorry, you’re just making up stuff out of thin air in order to try to falsely make it out like this guy did something rather than merely saw something. You resort to name calling rather than substance.

  7. Sorry, me1004, I am with aflarfin (except for the killing part). By looking at and sharing these images, people like Stern are perpetuating the problem. In essence, they are saying, “I support the right to look at and share these images and abuse of any children that goes along with it.” A normal person, upon receiving such dreck, would report it to the FBI.

    The fact that you support this “lifestyle” says volumes about the world we live in today where every depravity has its cheerleaders and advocates. This is depravity and perversion at its worst because the children involved are forced into it against their will and their innocence is stolen from them. There remains no cure for this behavior and people like Stern need to be locked up for life so that they can’t hurt other kids.

  8. The somewhat (but only “somewhat”) limited nature of the charges this guy pleaded out on in no way precludes more active involvement in pedophilia. That should be stressed. Pedophiles aren’t generally mere file sharers, according to the best evidence, though they may start out this way.

    This also recalls the curious matter of The Who’s Pete Townshend, who rather unconvincingly claimed some years ago that he was merely “researching” the possibility that he’d been molested as a child by visiting kiddie porn sites. (Though how one “researches” such a personalized matter via such sites is beyond me. ) To do this, however, the double-talking Mr. Townshend had to supply his credit card number and pay a fee for access. Which hardly sounds like innocent research. Good old Pete got off with a fine and some sort of registration, to my surprise. (And, oddly enough, he also employed the active pedophile Gary Glitter for years as a singer in his traveling production of “Tommy”; I always wondered about the true extent of their, uh, “connection.”)

    So this guy will do a stint at Brisbane, where he will most certainly not be “cured” of his obscene proclivities. It’s sad, of course, this waste of a human being. But it’s also probably wise to always err on the side of caution with those of Stern’s admitted baseness, and I for one would never much care if, as a Megan’s Law target, he for the rest of his life, and at the very least once he ceases doing time, has difficulty finding a place to live and a real trade to pursue..

  9. This guy didn’t “just” look at pictures of children being raped. He decided to apply for employment, and worked for a long time, in the very places that would put him into close contact with minimally dressed and/or naked children. Do you really think it just a coincidence that he coached swimming and was a summer camp counselor?

  10. “But I must say, cspn55, the aggressive hate you spout is kind of telling. Frankly, it makes you sound far more dangerous than this guy.”

    Yeah, maybe in your world that says enjoying images of children being abused and having their childhood taken away from them is okay, I am more dangerous.

    “Just stick to what he actually did do. As I said, it is what you do that is important, not what you see. He did nothing with children.”

    So it’s okay to be a comsumer in this case? This isn’t drug use where users may or may not ruin themselves. This is the abuse of children – actual real children – for the amusement and pleasure of people like Brian Stern who are the consumers. That’s what he actually did – he paid for or otherwise acquired and passed on to other pedophiles, images that were made possible by sexually abusing children.

    You must not have children or if you do I feel really bad for them if you have this type of attitude.

  11. Tool, I think if you met or spoke with a victim of abuse, and further one whos images are out in the “public” view against their will you might feel differently.

    The term Pediphile is used too often and in the wrong way too many times….Perpetrator is a much better term to use.

    This dope who “only” looked at violence being perpetrated against children is a perpetrator. Plain and simple.

    https://1in6.org/

    Instead of helping the perps, maybe we should be more focused on helping the children.

  12. I would never post kiddie porn you idiots and am an advocate for abuse prevention and recovery.

    1 in 6.org is a site about the statistic that 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused…and where they can get help and about the myths of childhood sexual abuse.

    RAINN is the Rape and Incest National Network.

    Cheese and rice people, use google.

    This is abuse prevention month BTW.

  13. If I was gonna be disrespectful I’d ask about “sheepy’s” name and their thoughts on beastiality and why he/she/it wouldnt want people going to abuse prevenstion sites…BTW beastiality also happens to be illegal both the act and the filming/distributing of said act and harmful to a poor helpless creature.

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