TRENTON - A child pornography suspect from Manchester, one of 40 arrestees in 2016's "Operation Statewide" crackdown by New Jersey investigators, heads to prison for as many as five years.

Bruce Davis (NJDMV)

Bruce Davis, 56, of the township's Whiting section, is required to serve two-and-a-half years before becoming eligible for parole consideration.

Once released, he'll be required to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law, and to undergo parole supervision for life, according to the office of state Attorney General Chris Porrino.

Within his plea bargain, Davis admitted using file-sharing software to avail degrading images to any user entering a shared folder. He was arrested August 15, 2016.

Investigators who monitored a file sharing network that they said is commonly visited by sex offenders said that a detective downloaded almost 100 videos and images of children in sex acts, and undergoing sex abuse and perversion, from shared folders at two IP addresses linked to Davis.

On the day of the raid that led to his arrest, Davis was using a laptop to download porn when investigators arrived, authorities said. They seized several devices. A forensic examination of the laptop yielded more than 100 images, including at least 25 in a shared folder, authorities said.

Davis was represented in court by Toms River attorney Stephen Colianni.

Anyone who suspects online sexual exploitation of children can reach the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force through its tip line, 888-648-6007.

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