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Former NJ corrections officer gets 7-year sentence for child porn

Posted: 8:24 AM, Feb 06, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-06 08:24:50-05
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TRENTON, N.J. — A former New Jersey corrections officer who admitted distributing child porn has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Michael Ruggiero will also have to serve five years of supervised release under the sentence imposed Wednesday.

During a three-day period in April 2016, Ruggiero used a mobile chat application to distribute child porn images and videos. Some showed children under the age of 12.

Ruggiero also received child porn through the app and had additional depictions of child sexual abuse on his cellphone when he was arrested in June 2017.

The 38-year-old Lacey Township man pleaded guilty last June to distributing child porn.

According to NJ.com, Ruggiero was a senior corrections officer at the Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility in Chesterfield, New Jersey, when he was arrested in 2017.