A huge victory for law enforcement and for innocent children was announced today, after ‘Operation Safety Net’ has made the arrest of 79 people inside the United States who Federal Agents say were involved in an enormous child pornography ring.
It's a complete shock to most that these demented pedophiles were even this abundant in the area, and their tentacles could reach all across America sharing this disturbing perversion to others with the same sick fetishes.
This is considered a great victory for law enforcement, whoever poured thousands of hours of manpower into the investigation.
The investigation spanned nine months and was a multi-agency task force who ran the operations.
It has led to the arrests of 79 child predators and child pornography offenders statewide including eight from Bergen County, Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced on Friday.
Operation Safety Net “targeted sex offenders who exploited the internet and social media,” Porrino said in a statement. The accused range in age from 14 to 75.
“The men we arrested lurked in the shadows of the internet and social media, looking for opportunities to sexually assault young children or to view such unspeakable assaults by sharing child pornography,” said Porrino while making the announcement at the Hamilton Technology Center.
“We set up a wide safety net in this operation to snare these alleged predators and to protect children, which remains our highest priority,” Porrino said. “With our new mobile forensics lab and electronics-sniffing dog, we’re even better equipped to uncover the evidence that will keep these offenders behind bars, where they cannot threaten or further exploit vulnerable victims.”
The New Jersey Regional Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force initiative resulted in arrests in every county in the state, including child sex traffickers from out of state, men who attempted to lure minors for sex, a camp counselor who allegedly assaulted a teenage girl and a youth minister sent lewd photos to a teenage girl.
“We charged 10 men with hands-on predatory conduct against children, including attempted interstate trafficking of children for sex, sexual assault, luring, sending obscene images to a child, or manufacturing child pornography,” said Porrino. “These cases highlight the fact that viewing child pornography is part of a continuum of deviant behavior that often leads to or drives other sex crimes.”
A 17-year-old Bergen County male student was arrested Aug. 17 and charged with manufacturing, distributing and possessing child pornography, as well as invasion of privacy by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
The teenager, whose name was not released because he is a minor, made multiple video recordings by “hiding his smartphone in a private bathroom in order to record underage boys who were nude, showering or urinating,” according to the Attorney General’s Office.
He also was found with more than 1,000 files of child pornography on his electronic devices, according to the<a href="http://www.app.com/story/news/crime/jersey-mayhem/2017/12/01/79-charged-child-porn-preying-kids-operation-safety-net/913258001/"> Asbury Park Press</a>.
This comes amidst a new wave of crackdowns, which will lead to harsher penalties and label repeat offenders as a “super possessor”.
The law was signed in to place by Governor Chris Christie on July 21st, and it will take effect February 1st of 2018, further increasing the penalties for possession and distribution of child pornography.
It will expand the definition of child pornography to include child erotica and will also make it a first-degree crime to distribute 1,000 or more items depicting the sexual exploitation of a child, with 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 possess 100,000 or more items of child pornography, and a second-degree crime to possess anywhere between 1,000 and 99,999.
Under the new law, videos depicting the sexual exploitation of a child will count more heavily than still images, each counting for 10 images.
Hats off to the authorities for this major victory.
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Hooray for arrests of 79 involved in Nationwide Child Porn Ring! I pray that ALL involved in child porn, sex trafficking & harm to children are arrested within the next year.
Glad that Governor Chris Christie spearheaded a law to increase penalties for possession/distribution of child porn. But shouldn't it be for even 1 video or image depicting child porn, rather than 1K for distributing & 100K for possession?