- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - A southern New Jersey man has admitted that he distributed child pornography online.

Ocean County prosecutors say 27-year-old Michael Allen, of Lakehurst, faces a six-year state prison sentence and will have to register as a sex offender. A sentencing date will be determined once he’s been evaluated at the state’s Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Avenel.

Allen was arrested in May 2013 when investigators executed a search warrant at his home. They seized 26 items of digital evidence, Allen’s computer, multiple electronic storage devices and more than 5,000 graphic images depicting children being sexually assaulted.

Prosecutors say a forensic review of the evidence determined that Allen was actively trading images of child pornography online.

Allen pleaded guilty Monday to distributing child porn.

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