Partnering agencies targeted sex offenders who exploited the internet and social media, making arrests in every New Jersey county and deploying, for the first time, a new van equipped as a mobile cyber forensics lab, as well as a new canine trained to sniff out electronic devices, to assist in execution of search warrants. The Division of Criminal Justice exhibited its new cyber forensics van, and the State Police showcased its new electronics detection dog, Mega, both of which contributed greatly to the success of Operation Safety Net.
These arrests should put anyone looking to engage in this behavior on notice that law enforcement will be relentless in our efforts to put them behind bars.
In addition to investigating numerous cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the ICAC Task Force in Operation Safety Net conducted proactive investigations to apprehend offenders by monitoring peer-to-peer file-sharing networks and identifying the IP addresses of individuals sharing child pornography. Detectives also conducted undercover chat investigations on social media platforms, which led to arrests of alleged hands-on offenders and defendants attempting to lure children.
William Esker22, of Bayonne, N. He also is charged with providing obscene material to and endangering the welfare of. Donald Beckwith34, of Browns Mills, N. Beckwith, a captain in the Air Force stationed in New Jersey, met a girl, 14, through an online chat group for children and allegedly engaged her in sexual conversations, ultimately asking her to meet him in person. He allegedly met the girl twice in Delaware. The first time, he allegedly reached under her shirt and tried to touch her breast, and the second time he allegedly hugged her and repeatedly asked her to lie on a bed in the back of his vehicle and watch a movie with him.
Detectives allegedly found over 10 nude images of an underage girl on his phone. Michael DeBlock22, of Hopatcong, N. DeBlock allegedly exchanged sexual photos and texts with a girl, 14, including a photo of his penis.
Brandon Morris24, of Hammonton, N. Morris allegedly engaged multiple underage girls in conversations on FaceTime, instructing them to perform sexual acts on themselves, which he recorded. A year-old student from Bergen Countywhose name is not being released due to his juvenile status, was arrested on Aug. The juvenile allegedly had over 1, files of suspected child pornography on his electronic devices, including video recordings he allegedly made by hiding his smartphone in a private bathroom in order to record underage boys who were nude, showering or urinating.
Craig Kirschner39, of Marlboro, N. Kirschner allegedly solicited an undercover detective, whom he believed to be a year-old male, to meet for oral sex.
The detective was monitoring a mobile app when he encountered Kirschner. Isaac Toney40, of Trenton, N. He allegedly used a mobile app to solicit an undercover detective, whom he believed was a year-old male, for oral sex.
Forty-one defendants are charged with second-degree distribution of child pornography, which carries a sentence of five to 10 years in prison, and 66 defendants are charged with third-degree possession of child pornography, which carries a sentence of three to five years in prison. Out of the 41 charged with distribution, six are charged with distributing 25 items or more, and therefore are subject, if convicted, to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison under the strict child pornography law ed by Governor Christie in August Out of the 66 defendants charged with possession, 25 are charged with possession of or more items and are subject to a presumption of imprisonment under that law, even if they have no prior criminal record.
More of the defendants may face those enhanced charges and penalties once full forensic examinations of their computers and electronic devices are completed.
On July 21,Governor Christie ed a new law which will take effect Feb. The new law expanded the definition of child pornography to include child erotica. In addition, the new law makes it a first-degree crime to distribute 1, or more items depicting the sexual exploitation ofwith a mandatory parole ineligibility period of one-third to one-half of the sentence imposed.
The new law also makes it a first degree crime to possessor more items of child pornography, and a second-degree crime to possess anywhere between 1, and 99, Under the new law, videos depicting the sexual exploitation of will count more heavily than still images, each counting for 10 images.
Because it was not in effect when they were arrested, they cannot be charged under the tough new law, but these 11 arrests illustrate how offenders routinely amass huge collections of child pornography, which soon will make them subject to the enhanced penalties:. William Camargo48, of Millington, N. Uddin, 43of Elizabeth, N. Kody Knotts22, of Millville, N. Laurence Duque42, of Dayton, N. Gregory Piszczek35, of Woodbridge, N. Kevin Groeger63, of Cranford, N. Operation Safety Net made extensive use of two key new tools: an electronics detection canine and a mobile forensics van.
Both contributed greatly to the success of the operation. As electronic devices become smaller and easier to hide, the importance of dogs trained to detect them increases. There are thumb drives available that are hidden in or disguised as cuff links, bracelets, LEGO blocks, coins and other everyday items.
The canine was used for a preliminary walk-through and would identify devices and loose electronic storage media not in plain view. The detectives would then thoroughly search the area where that evidence was found to ensure all digital evidence was recovered.
Rapid triage of computers at search sites — also called forensic previewing — is a critical component of child pornography investigations. Such forensic previewing can result in the immediate arrest of individuals who otherwise might be left to continue direct illicit sexual contact with minors, preventing further abuse of victims.
The previewing of computers at search sites has often had to occur in close proximity to the alleged perpetrator and often in potentially dangerous environments. To maintain the integrity of the evidence gathering process, it is important for the forensic examiner to have the proper equipment to work with and the proper environment to work in. For these reasons, DCJ purchased a customized van, equipped with the appropriate desks and electrical and other equipment, which is used on-site for the forensic previewing of computers and computer-related equipment.
This van enabled detectives in Operation Safety Net to safely examine suspected devices within the van and conduct more extensive previews at the scene, increasing the of charges carrying enhanced penalties. The charges against the defendants in Operation Safety Net are merely accusations and the defendants are pd innocent until proven guilty.
Attorney General Porrino commended all of the Operation Safety Net team members and assisting agencies.
Attorney General Porrino thanked the U. Attorney General Porrino also thanked the following county and municipal agencies that assisted in Operation Safety Net:. The social media links provided are for reference only. For Immediate Release:. For Further Information:.
Castillo allegedly solicited an undercover New Jersey State Police detective — who pretended to be trafficking children — to fly a 4-year-old girl to Los Angeles so he could sexually assault her. He also allegedly solicited an undercover police detective in Washington, D. He was arrested on April 4 at Los Angeles International Airport when he arrived to meet the girls and their adult escorts.
The undercover investigators identified Castillo in separate investigations targeting pedophiles using the internet and social media. Joseph Donohew26, of Brownsburg, Indiana, is charged in Indiana with attempted child molestation. He allegedly offered money to an undercover New Jersey State Police detective, whom he met on an instant messaging platform, to have sex with a 9-year-old girl.
Donohew was arrested on July 13 at a gas station in Indiana, where he allegedly was to meet the father and girl. He had purchased a nightgown for the girl depicting characters from a Disney movie he believed was her favorite. Robert Elmi63, of Gillette, N. Elmi had placed an ad on Craigslist soliciting a relationship with a younger female.
An undercover State Police detective responded, posing as a young girl and indicating to Elmi that she was Elmi was arrested by the State Police at the diner. Because it was not in effect when they were arrested, they cannot be charged under the tough new law, but these 11 arrests illustrate how offenders routinely amass huge collections of child pornography, which soon will make them subject to the enhanced penalties: William Camargo48, of Millington, N.
James Cutrone, 54, of Hazlet, N. John Parsons, 50, of Vineland, N. Donald Williams, 39, of Camden, N. Kevin Wenng, 35, of Cliffwood Beach, N. Victor Kurynow, 58, of Bedminster, N. Paul Fuhs, 44, of Laurel Springs, N. Ryan Stemetzki, 26, of Maple Shade, N. Robert Ruff, 56, of Delran, N. Robert King, 63, of North Wildwood, N. Jason Locke, 42, of Manchester, N. Stephen Slawinski, 60, of Morris Plains, N. Herbert Ferreira, 43, of Dover, N. Joseph Maruca, 26, of Berkeley Township, N.
James Gilbertson, 60, of Manchester, N. Christopher Todd, 49, of Lyndhurst, N. Alexis Gonzalez, 28, of Hackensack, N. Raul Rodriguez, 33, of Jersey City, N. Dhanendhran Govender, 32, of East Windsor, N. ZIP: 8302