Recently, New Jersey law enforcement authorities executed a series of arrests across the state in connection with an investigation being carried out to capture alleged possessors of child pornography. Forty individuals, reportedly all men ages 20 to 72, were arrested on a variety of charges that included possession of videos and images featuring children engaged in sexual activities and for possession of child pornography.
So wide-ranging was this mass arrest that at least one man was arrested in every county in the state. The men included an accountant, a former teacher and factory workers. According to his legal representative, the former teacher was wrongly arrested and has never been on the receiving end of accusations of harming children. The representative also stated that there is no evidence against the former teacher.
The New Jersey Attorney General revealed at a press conference that the arrests came about after authorities scanned internet traffic to trace who was downloading and sharing the files across the state. The program connected to the arrests is called "Operation Statewide," and according to the Attorney General, it is ongoing.
Clearly, the state has its sights on those they believe are in possession of child pornography. And since Operation Statewide is still running, there will likely be more arrests forthcoming. But when such programs, designed to catch large numbers of people, are being conducted, it is far too easy for mistakes to be made and rights to be violated.
Child pornography charges are extremely serious. A conviction will likely lead to prison time and a lifetime spent on the sex offender registry. Moreover, such charges can be ruinous to a person's reputation. If you have been arrested on child pornography charges, you need to have your rights protected, and you need a strong defense strategy. An experienced New Jersey criminal attorney could provide you with the legal assistance you need to fight the charges you face.
Source: 6 ABC Action News, "PHOTOS: 40 CHARGED IN NJ CHILD PORN SWEEP; ARRESTS IN EVERY COUNTY," Aug 22, 2016