BERGEN COUNTY JUVENILE CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTION AND POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
For Immediate Release:
January 13, 2023
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of a Bergen County juvenile on the charges of distribution and possession of child pornography. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love.
On Thursday, January 12, 2023, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at the residence of the juvenile during the course of a month’s-long Internet child pornography investigation. The investigation revealed that the juvenile used the Internet to view, download, possess, and distribute digital files depicting nude and/or sexually explicit prepubescent and pubescent children.
The juvenile was taken into protective custody and charged on January 12, 2023 as a juvenile delinquent with second-degree distribution of child pornography, N.J.S.A 2C:24-4b(5)(a)(i); and third-degree possession of child pornography, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4b(5)(b)(iii). The juvenile was released into the custody of a guardian and is scheduled for a first appearance in the Chancery Division, Family Court in Hackensack.
Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely an accusation and that the juvenile is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutor Musella thanks the Bergenfield Police Department for their assistance, as well as the Lyndhurst Police Department, Bergen County Sheriff’s Department and Morris County Sheriff’s Department, which participate in the Bergen County Cyber Crimes Task Force.