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November 17, 2016

A.G.: N.J. state employee used work computer to access child pornography

Crime Child Pornography
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Kevin Smith, 64, of Westmont, New Jersey.

A Camden County man allegedly used his state-issued computer to download child pornography at work, authorities said.

Kevin Smith, 64, of Westmont, was arrested Thursday and charged with third-degree possession of 100 or more files of child pornography, state Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced.

Smith worked for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development as an executive assistant in the Division of Income Security. He was suspended in June after supervisors learned of allegations that he was viewing inappropriate materials at work.

New Jersey State Police later seized the computer, thumb drives and optical disks. Investigators allegedly discovered online searches and more than 100 files of child pornography.

Smith, who retired during the investigation, was taken into custody and sent to a Camden County jail on $50,000.

If convicted, Smith could face a prison sentence of three to five years.

Porrino urges anyone who suspects improper contact with children online, possible exploitation or sexual abuse of children to contact the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Tipline at 1-888-648-6007.