Registered Sex Offender Admits Possessing Child Pornography

NEWARK, N.J. – A Passaic County, New Jersey, man admitted possessing multiple images and videos of child sexual abuse, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.

Robert Klemt, 34, of Wayne, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden on Sept. 14, 2021, to an information charging him with one count of possession of child pornography.  

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

In June 2020, agents with the Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations approached Klemt at his residence after receiving information that Klemt had accessed a website containing child pornography. Law enforcement subsequently discovered over 70 images and videos depicting child sexual abuse on Klemt’s laptop computer.

Klemt was previously convicted of endangering the welfare of a child/distribution of child pornography in Essex County in 2014.    

The charge of possession of child pornography, for a repeat offender, carries a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison, a maximum of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 19, 2022.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents with the DHS-HSI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Barnes of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

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