December 01, 2017
New Jersey authorities rounded up 79 people in a sprawling, nine-month-long child predator investigation, Attorney General Christopher Porrino announced on Friday.
Those arrested in the statewide "Operation Safety Net" included 10 alleged "hands-on" offenders, two of which were out-of-state men who allegedly tried to have children trafficked from New Jersey so they could have sex with them, the state Attorney General's Office said in a statement.
Eleven of those charged will qualify as second-degree "super-possessors" under a new law targeting those who amass huge collections of child pornography. The measure takes effect on Feb. 1, officials said.
The operation also resulted in 58 arrests on child pornography possession or distribution charges.
Several of those accused in the probe are from South Jersey.
NJ Attorney General @cporrino announces 79 arrests in unprecedented child predator take down, using electronics sniffing canine and other methods. Link to press release: https://t.co/YRb02ljyX2 pic.twitter.com/nEwSofJOG6— NJ Attorney General (@NewJerseyAG) December 1, 2017
Those charged include a Trenton police officer, a swimming coach, a piano teacher, an IT professional from Morris County who allegedly may have had more than one million files of suspected pornography, and three brothers in Cumberland County who allegedly had nearly 5,000 files of child pornography.
As part of the operation, authorities deployed a van used as a mobile cyber forensics lab and a dog trained in sniffing out electronic devices, officials said.
Mega is the only electronics sniffing dog in the country, also known to be trained in full police patrol tactics (locating suspects, missing people, defending officer) pic.twitter.com/K016cAELV6— Henry Rosoff (@HenryRosoff) December 1, 2017
"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,” Porrino said in the statement. “We set up a wide safety net in this operation to snare these alleged predators and to protect children, which remains our highest priority."
More information on the operation and a full list of those charged can be found here.