An area school bus driver will spend the next 10 years behind bars after being sentenced for downloading and sharing child pornography.
Frank Bognar, 31, of Jackson, N.J., pleaded guilty last year to a single count of distribution of child pornography and faced a maximum penalty of 20 years behind bars and a $250,000 fine.
Instead, U.S. District Judge Joel Pisano sentenced Bognar, to 10 years behind bars, 10 years of supervised release and a $2,000 fine.
Federal prosecutors allege that as early as October 2011, Bognar “downloaded and distributed” child porn video and images using a peer-to-peer file sharing network. The feds also say that Bognar admitted to receiving child porn through an e-mail account starting in July 2008.
The FBI arrested Bognar in February 2012 and seized a computer from his home that had “images of sadistic and masochistic conduct” against kids as well as other videos and images of child abuse, according to the U.S. Attorney.
Bognar accepted a plea deal that included him surrendering six guns and ammunition seized the same day he was busted for kiddie porn.
He wasn’t allowed to use a computer or have contact with kids while he was on electronically monitored house arrest leading up to his sentencing.