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Press Releases << JOHN A. BELL OF MONTVALE, NJ CHARGED WITH POSSESSION, DISTRIBUTION, AND PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, SEXUAL ASSAULT, AND ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD

Sep 21

Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of JOHN A. BELL (DOB: 08/21/1982; married; software salesman) of 10 Cardinal Court, Montvale, NJ, on charges of possession, distribution, and production of child pornography as well as sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.  The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love.

On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at the residence of JOHN A. BELL during a months-long Internet child pornography investigation.  The investigation revealed that BELL used the Internet to view, download, or possess more than 1,000 digital files depicting nude and/or sexually explicit prepubescent children, as well as share digital files via the Internet depicting nude and/or sexually explicit pubescent and prepubescent children.  The investigation also revealed that BELL filmed/photographed pre-pubescent children while they were posed and/or exposed in a sexually suggestive manner.  In addition, BELL engaged in sexually explicit behavior and sexual activity while he was alone with three children. 

As a result of the investigation, JOHN A. BELL was arrested on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 in Paramus, NJ and charged with one count of second-degree possession of child pornography, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4(b)5(b)ii;  one count of second-degree production of child pornography, N.J.S.A 2C:24-4b(4); one count of second-degree distribution of child pornography, N.J.S.A 2C:24-4(b)5(a)i; three counts of second-degree sexual assault, N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2b; and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a(1).  BELL was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.

Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  Prosecutor Musella thanks the Montvale Police Department for its assistance in this investigation, as well as the Lyndhurst and Ramsey Police Departments, which participate in the Bergen County Cyber Crimes Task Force.