A man from Absecon has been sentenced to 210 months, or over 17 years, in prison for his role in distributing images of child sexual abuse.

Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig says 31-year-old Carlos Santiago-Gomez previously pleaded guilty before a judge in Federal Court in Camden to one count of distributing images of child pornography. The sentence was handed-down on Friday.

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

On March 27, 2018, law enforcement officers from the FBI’s Atlantic City Child Exploitation Task Force executed a search warrant at Santiago-Gomez’s residence in Absecon, New Jersey, and seized multiple items of digital evidence, including cell phones, CDs, thumb drives, hard drives and computers, which contained thousands of images of child sexual abuse. Agents also located evidence showing that in July and August 2017, Santiago-Gomez posted videos of child sexual abuse on at least two KIK instant message groups, while also acting as the administrator of one of those groups.

In addition to the lengthy prison term, Santiago-Gomez was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release.

Honig credited special agents of the FBI, the New Jersey State Police, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office, and New Jersey Human Services Police with the investigation that lead to Santiago-Gomez's sentencing.

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