NJ- 15 Pedos Arrested in “Operation Trading Post” Including Princeton University Staff
Federal law enforcement agencies and the Monmouth County, New Jersey Prosecutor's Office cooperated in a widespread dragnet to take down an illicit child pornographic distribution network that results in 15 arrests of several keynotes and influential residents of the community.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office in Freehold County, New Jersey reported to local ABC News affiliate Channel 7 reports that "Operation Trading Post” was carried out from June of 2018 until this November.
Each of the defendants is accused of utilizing social media platforms including popular subgroups and message boards to contact other alleged pedophiles.
On those platforms, they're accused of both uploading and distribution of child pornographic materials, including sexting with undercover federal agents.
18-year-old Ryan Marques of Howell, New Jersey
Marques is a full-time student who was arrested on November 19th, od 2018.
Ryan Marques became subject of an investigation authority were tipped-off by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The NCMEC alleges Marques uploaded child pornography to Dropbox.
32-year-old David Wu of Hazlet, New Jersey
Wu worked as a logistics specialist with Vanguard and was arrested on August 29th, of 2018.
Wu allegedly used peer-to-peer software to distribute child pornography images and videos to other alleged pedophiles.
24-year-old Thiago Thebald-Simas of Long Branch, New Jersey
Thebald-Simas is an unemployed alleged sexual predator who was arrested on August 24th, od 2018.
Thiago allegedly used peer-to-peer file-sharing software to share videos and images of child rapes.
56-year-old Ronald Paul of Freehold, New Jersey
Paul was arrested on October 18th, of 2018, after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children accused him uploading child pornography to Tumblr.
37-year-old Joshua Valero of Eatontown, New Jersey
Valerio is a laborer at Love, Inc., and was arrested on September 20th, of 2018.
Authorities allege he was subject to an investigation spawning from a tip forwarded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which revealed he uploaded child pornography to Gmail.
34-year-old Michael Balbosa of Neptune Township, New Jersey
Balbosa works as a courier with Federal Express (FedEx).
He was arrested on June 29th of 2018 after authorities allege he used various peer-to-peer file sharing websites and software to produce child pornographic videos and images for other pedophiles.
61-year-old Gregory Cantrell of Freehold, New Jersey
Cantrell is the Princeton University official now placed on Administrative Leave pending the outcome of his criminal trial. Friends and family say they're stunned by his arrest on November 5th, of 2018.
He allegedly uploaded child pornographic materials to the Microsoft Bing website.
33-year-old Fady Elghazaly of Marlboro, New Jersey
Elghazalay worked as a mechanic with United Airlines and was arrested on September 26th, of 2018.
Fady is to have used file-sharing software to make child pornography images and videos available to others online.
22-year-old Alexander Echoch of Freehold, New Jersey
Ecoch is also alleged to have used the same peer-to-peer file sharing software to distribute and produce child pornography for other alleged pedophiles.
60-year-old Brian Foley of Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
Brian Foley is an Atlantic Highlands municipal official, who's now charged in the child porn bust along with the others.
Foley also worked as an Information Technology Specialist with Cerner Corporation and was arrested on July 26th, od 2018.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children forwarded details alleging he uploaded child pornography to the website Motherless, spawning the investigation.
48-year-old Rene Torres of Howell Township, New Jersey
Rene Torres works in Operations for ING Financial Markets and was arrested on July 18tn, or 2018.
Torres is alleged by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to have uploaded child pornography to Flikr.
64-year-old William McMahon of Keenesburg, New Jersey
McMahon worked in the deli at Acme Markets and was arrested on August 3rd, of 2018.
He became subject to an investigation after he chatted with an undercover agent on Doublelist.com, where McMahon believed he was chatting with and made plans to meet a 14-year-old boy.
McMahon is now charged with luring and attempted sexual assault.
22-year-old Jonathan Henry of Keyport, New Jersey
Henry was employed as the dishwasher at a popular restaurant known as The Turning Point.
He was arrested on June 19th, of 2018, after a cyber tip was given from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to local authorities.
The NCMEC tip alleged that Henry revealed uploaded child pornography to both the social media and file sharing sites Twitter and Dropbox.
34-year-old Anthony Johnson of Neptune Township, New Jersey
Johnson an unemployed alleged pedophile, was arrested on July 10th, of 2018.
Anthony Johnson was also subject to an investigation forwarded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
That investigation allegedly shows that he uploaded child pornography to Dropbox.
The juvenile suspect is currently unidentified outside of being from Holmdel, New Jersey. Police say he also used peer-to-peer file-sharing software to produce and distribute child pornography.
New Jersey State Police Lieutenant John Pizzuro has a message for parents and expressed his growing concerns about technologically advanced child sexual predators preying on young children online.
Tips for parents include monitoring what your son or daughter is doing on social media, and what friends they're connecting with.
It's also crucial to provide as little identifiable or personal information as possible when using social media, albeit many websites are now demanding dangerous personal details in order to maintain an account with their platform.
New Jersey continues to be a cesspool of alleged child pornography rings, with Mercer County authorities arresting twenty-four others including a police sergeant just two months ago.
Even more concerning is the fact that each of these alleged child sexual predators was released on bond, except one.
This news coming out of the east coast of the United States of America, where 14 of the pedophiles arrested in a major pedophile cult network are free, is alarming.
It is time that we as a society hold our elected officials accountable in demanding stricter punishments be enforced with tough new legislation against anyone who would victimize a child, of either life imprisonment, of capital punishment. Oftentimes, they are released and re-offend. There is no rehabilitation for child sex offenders.
It's beyond time for the United States Congress to finance and build the border wall we voted for, which President Trump has proposed, and we should contact our elected officials and demand it.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is also bringing down suspected child-sex offenders through Operation Predator.
You can also contact ICE via the Operation Predator application for mobile devices. ICE has created a smartphone app – the first of its kind in U.S. federal law enforcement – designed to seek the public's help with fugitive and unknown suspect child predators.