An Atlantic City man was sentenced to state prison today for distributing child pornography over the internet, Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced today.

Max E. Mejia, 48, was among 27 defendants arrested in 2012 through “Operation Watchdog,” a multi-agency investigation led by the New Jersey State Police and the Division of Criminal Justice that targeted distributors of child pornography. He was charged with and admitted to distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography. 

Mejia was sentenced to three years in state prison and was also ordered to register as a Megan’s Law offender.

In a guilty plea on Jan. 31, Mejia admitted that between Jan. 5 and April 9, 2012 he used file sharing software to make child pornography ready available for other users to download from a shared folder on his computer. A State Police detective downloaded child pornography from a shared folder on Mejia’s computer on five occasions during this period. Mejia was arrested April 9, 2012. An examination of his computer revealed he possessed at least 84 files of child pornography and had shared at least 37. 

Braden Campbell