TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: ACTING PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: OCTOBER 9, 2016
Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. GREWAL announced the arrest of WILLIAM R. KOONEY (date of birth 10/31/1973) of 212 Central Avenue, Bogota, New Jersey, on charges related to his attempted distribution of an image or video depicting child exploitation and possession of an image and/or video depicting child exploitation. KOONEY was arrested on Friday, October 7, 2016 without incident. The arrest came as a result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit under the direction of Officer-in-Charge, Deputy Chief Robert ANZILOTTI.
On the morning of October 7, 2016, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at two locations that KOONEY is known to utilize, namely, 212 Central Avenue, Bogota, New Jersey, and 268 Farrant Terrace, Teaneck, New Jersey. As a result, items of evidence were seized from both locations. The investigation revealed that KOONEY utilized the Internet to view, possess, and attempt to distribute an image of child sexual exploitation.
KOONEY was charged with the following two counts: (1) Attempted Endangering the Welfare of a Child, by attempting to distribute an image of child sexual exploitation material, in violation N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4B(5)(A), a crime of the second degree; and (2) Endangering the Welfare of a Child, by being in possession of an image of child sexual exploitation material, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4B(5)(B), a crime of the third degree. Bail was set by the Honorable Judge Susan J. Steele, P.J.Cr., at $3,000,000, full-cash ball with no ten percent option and no Internet access. KOONEY was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail pending his first appearance in the Bergen County Central Municipal Court in Hackensack, New Jersey, on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 8:30 a.m.
Acting Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutor Grewal would like to thank the Teaneck Police Department, Bogota Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation—Newark Field Office, K-9 Unit, for their assistance with the investigation. In addition, Acting Prosecutor Grewal would like to thank the municipal agencies that lend support to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Task Force, and whose personnel assisted with this investigation, namely the Saddle River Police Department, the Oradell Police Department, the Carlstadt Police Department, and the Bogota Police Department.
BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE CHARGE INFORMATION FORM
DEFENDANT: WILLIAM R. KOONEY DOB:10/31/1973 LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 212 CENTRAL AVE, BOGOTA, NJ
MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE OCCUPATION: HVAC & PLUMBING TECHNICIAN
DATE OF ARREST: 10/7/2016
PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: 212 CENTRAL AVE, BOGOTA, NEW JERSEY
AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE, CYBER CRIMES UNIT
CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS
ONE COUNT OF ATTEMPTED ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD FOR ATTEMPTED DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4B(5)A, A CRIME OF THE 2ND DEGREE; AND ONE COUNT OF ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4B(5)B, A CRIME OF THE 3RD DEGREE.
ARRAIGNMENT DATE: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2016, 8:30 A.M.
JUDGE: CENTRAL MUNICIPAL COURT (TO BE DETERMINED).
BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: 3 MILLION DOLLARS ($3,000,000.00) WITH NO TEN PERCENT OPTION, NO INTERNET ACCESS AND INCLUDING ALL PREVIOUS BAIL CONDITIONS.
PRESENT STATUS: BERGEN COUNTY JAIL IN LIEU OF BAIL.