TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR MARK MUSELLA
DATE: OCTOBER 28, 2019
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of ROBERT E. BANAS (DOB: 5/20/1960; married; forklift technician) of 170 Pierre Avenue, Garfield, NJ on the 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 Robert Anzilotti.
On Thursday, October 24, 2019, in connection with a months-long Internet child pornography investigation, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at the residence of ROBERT E. BANAS. The investigation revealed that ROBERT E. BANAS used the Internet to view, download, or possess approximately 3,323 digital files depicting nude and/or sexually explicit prepubescent and pubescent children.
ROBERT E. BANAS was arrested on October 24, 2019 in Paramus, NJ and charged with one count of Possession Of Child Pornography in an amount greater than 1,000 files, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4(b)5(b)ii, a 2nd degree crime. Following his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court on Friday, October 25, 2019, ROBERT E. BANAS was granted pretrial release.
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 Garfield Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.