Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Man Gets 4 Years for Bergen Child Porn

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Man Gets 4 Years for Bergen Child Porn

Article excerpt

A Virginia man was sentenced to four years in prison Friday for pretending to be a teenager online and befriending a 13-year-old Bergen County girl, then pressuring her to send him sexually explicit pictures.

Brian Pettenger, 46, told the girl he would publish online previously sent photos if she did not continue to send new ones.

The electrical engineer and Air Force veteran was charged with manufacturing child pornography, endangering the welfare of a minor and cyberharassment.

He accepted a deal in which he pleaded guilty to second-degree endangering the welfare of a child and was sentenced in the third- degree range.

When Pettenger was arrested, he told investigators in Virginia that he spoke with roughly 50 girls online. There was only one that resided within the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office's jurisdiction. …

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