Press Release


For Immediate Release:

January 14, 2022

Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of JOSE A. CANELA-CASTILLO (DOB: 12/10/1995; single; barber) of 6 Brook Street, Hackensack, NJ on a charge of 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 Friday, January 14, 2022, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit identified JOSE CANELA-CASTILLO during an ongoing Internet child pornography investigation. The investigation revealed that CANELA-CASTILLO used the Internet to view, download, and possess files depicting nude and/or sexually explicit prepubescent and pubescent children.

As a result of the investigation, JOSE CANELA-CASTILLO was arrested on Friday, January 14, 2022 in Paramus, New Jersey and charged with third-degree possession of child pornography, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4(b)5(b)iii. CANELA-CASTILLO is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on Wednesday, February 2, 2022.

Prosecutor Musella states that the charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutor Musella thanks the Hackensack Police Department for their assistance, as well as the Lyndhurst Police Department which participates in the Bergen County Cyber Crimes Task Force.