Passaic New Jersey law enforcement recently arrested a 17-year-old boy accused of illegally possessing and distributing child pornography on his home computer.
According to Passaic authorities, the teen suspect uploaded and emailed a number of files containing images of child pornography. The Passaic County Sheriff’s Office started its investigation into the suspect after the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children notified local law enforcement with a cybertip.
During the investigation, police learned that someone had uploaded and emailed child pornography files from an apartment located in Passaic, NJ.
Passaic County sheriffs were able to obtain a search warrant to enter the Passaic apartment. During a search of the residence, police officers found and seized the suspect’s computer. Investigators allegedly discovered 12 files of child pornography on the suspect’s personal computer.
The underage suspect was arrested and charged with juvenile delinquency for possession and distribution of child pornography.
Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik later released a statement, calling the crime particularly upsetting because it involved a minor “exploiting other younger children.” Berdnik also urged parents to closely monitor their kids’ activities and computer habits.
After the juvenile suspect in this case was processed, police released him into the custody of his parents. He will be required to make an appearance in Passaic County Family Court at a later date to address the sex crime charges.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Passaic Teen Accused of Uploading, Emailing Child Porn.”