Wilmington – Attorney General Beau Biden’s office announced today that a Newark man arrested by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force last December following a proactive undercover online investigation into the distribution of child pornography received a ten-year prison sentence this morning.
During the Task Force investigation, detectives obtained multiple files containing child pornography from a subject in Delaware. After the source of the files was tracked to the residence of Andrew J. Alvarez on Leader Drive in Newark, Task Force detectives, along with a uniformed Trooper from DSP Troop #6, executed a search warrant at that location and recovered more than a dozen computers and multiple digital storage devices. A forensic review of the seized evidence detectives discovered 304 videos and images containing child pornography, some depicting children as young as two years of age. As a result of the investigation, Alvarez was arrested on December 5, 2013 and charged him with 25 counts of Dealing in Child Pornography. The continuing investigation revealed that Alvarez was a member of an online peer-to-peer network that he used to download child pornography and through which images that he maintained would have been accessible to other predators.
Alvarez pled guilty earlier this year to two counts of Dealing in Child Pornography. Today at sentencing in New Castle County Superior Court, Resident Superior Court Judge Richard R. Cooch sentenced Alvarez to a ten year prison sentence. Judge Cooch indicated that he imposed a sentence far above the minimum four years required by law in order to protect the public, reduce offenders’ access to collections of child pornography through online networks, and send a clear message that the State of Delaware will not tolerate those who are participate in the distribution of child pornography.
Alvarez has been held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center since his arrest in lieu of $1.25 million secured bail. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Abigail Layton, co-director of the Delaware Child Predator Task Force.
Biden’s office also announced today that a separate online investigation by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force into the distribution of child pornography resulted in the arrest of a Millsboro man earlier this month. During its investigation, detectives identified a residence in the 32000 block of Long Neck Boulevad in Millsboro, and executed a search warrant at that location on September 4. During the search a resident of the address, Luke C. Morley, age 21, was identified and taken to DSP Troop #4 and detectives seized a Samsung smartphone belonging to the suspect. A forensic review of the device revealed multiple files containing child pornography, and as a result of the investigation Morley was charged with eight counts of Dealing in Child Pornography. He was arraigned via video phone by JP Court #2 and was taken to Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $200,000 cash bail. The Delaware Child Predator Task Force investigation continues. A booking image of Morley is attached
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