A children’s singer-songwriter and music teacher who usually performs for children in synagogues, Jewish community centers, camps and conventions nationwide is ironically facing charges of child pornography.
Eric Komar was charged on Tuesday with receiving and distributing images of child sexual abuse, according to federal prosecutors in New Jersey.
The singer-songwriter used a peer-to-peer file-sharing program to obtain and then distribute images and videos of young children being abused sexually, still according to prosecutors.
A search warrant at the singer’s house on Tuesday revealed a thumb drive, external hard drive, laptop and desktop computers. Pictures and videos of child pornography were found on those devices.
He was arrested by special agents of the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force.
The 46-year-old music teacher from Hillsborough was represented by a federal public defender at his initial court appearance. The said office typically does not comment on cases.
The children’s singer faces possible prison sentence of five to 20 years , and a $250,000 fine should he be convicted for the charges. Komar is currently being held on police custody without bail.
Komar worked previously at Temple Beth El in Hillsborough and performed at events across the country. He says on his social media profiles that he attended Princeton University and identifies himself as a Farmingdale native.
Special agents of the FBI, members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, the Hillsborough Township Police Department, and the N.J. Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory all worked and coordinated with each other in the investigation leading to the charges against Komar.
Anyone with information regarding possible victims of Komar’s child pornography activity is requested to immediately contact the FBI in Newark at 973 792 3000 to further strengthen the case and provide any help needed for the other victims of Komar.