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Morristown Worker Charged in Child Porn Probe

Mayor Tim Dougherty "deeply disturbed about these serious charges" against Public Works Department Superintendent Charles E. Jones, 50.

Morristown’s superintendent was among 28 people charged in a three-month state police child porn investigation dubbed “Operation Watchdog,” authorities said Tuesday.

Charles E. Jones, 50, was arrested on April 9 and charged with possession and distribution of child pornography, police said. He was processed and released, police said.

The 27 men and one woman used Internet file-sharing programs to download or distribute child porn, police said. Among the images and videos were those with a digital fingerprints that were tracked as they moved across file sharing networks, police said.

In a press release issued Tuesday afternoon, Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty said, "according to State Law Enforcement Officials Charles E. Jones was arrested and charged with Child Pornography related offenses as a result of a three month investigation by the New Jersey State Police–Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Any further inquiries or requests for additional information regarding the criminal investigation should be directed to the New Jersey State Police.

"Without jeopardizing the pending criminal investigation and the prosecution, let me be clear that I am deeply disturbed about these serious charges," the mayor wrote. "Mr. Jones, who has been an employee with the Town of Morristown since July 2001, is currently the Town’s Superintendent of Public Works. At this time, Mr. Jones is on a leave of absence. We take any allegation of misconduct very seriously and will conduct a thorough administrative review of the facts when they are made available. This is a personnel matter, which will be handled in accordance with Town policy and applicable labor laws."

Others charged with possession and distribution of child pornography from North Jersey are:

  • Joshua Kane, 31, of Wayne
  • Andrew Rodriguez, 27, of Park Ridge
  • Jose A. Velasquez, 20, of Clifton
  • Joseph Marella, 42, of Passaic
  • Scott Hersh, 43, of Mount Arlington
  • David Ingoglia, 36, of Byram
  • Jeremy Gardner, 18, of Livingston

“Through aggressive, technology-driven investigations such as Operation Watchdog, we must banish the misguided notion that online viewing and sharing of child pornography is a victimless crime,” Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said. “The vulnerable children who are tortured and degraded to create these vile materials are re-victimized every time another person views the images."

One of the arrested men, Cesar Salgado-Maya, 23, of Audubon, lived in a residence connected to a day care, police said. Another, Bernard Cahill, 53, of Folsom, took pictures of himself sexually assaulting a juvenile, police said. The images were discovered on his computer, police said.

Cahill was charged with sexual assault and manufacturing child pornography.

“Those who thought they could hide their child porn crimes in the secrecy of their homes have been exposed by the relentless work of law enforcement working together," said Colonel Rick Fuentes, the state police superintendent.

More than 100 law enforcement personnel from 21 agencies took part in the investigation, executing search warrants in 26 towns last week.

During one of the raids, police found a 66-year-old Pennsauken man, William Brooks, downloading child porn as authorities stormed in, police said.

Three people, whose names were not released, are still being sought, police said.

“Let the word go out that those who share child pornography over the Internet are also sharing the evidence of their crimes with computer experts from law enforcement, who are patrolling the Internet to stop this tragic victimization of children,” said Stephen J. Taylor, director of the state Division of Criminal Justice.

The photos and images have been turned over to the FBI, police said.

The following individual was arrested on April 11, 2012 and charged with:

Sexual assault, manufacturing child pornography, and distribution and possession of child pornography:

Name

Age

Town

 

Bernard Cahill

43

Folsom

 

The following individuals were charged with distribution and possession of child pornography

Arrested on 03/01/12:

Name

Age

Town


Cesar Salgado-Maya

23

Audubon

 

Arrested on 04/09/12:

Name

Age

Town

 

Charles E Jones

50

Morristown

 

Ryan Taylor

27

Lindenwold

 

Jeremy Gardner

18

Livingston

 

Joshua Kane

31

Wayne

 

Max Mejia

46

Atlantic City

 

Juvenile Male

17

Moorestown

 

Arrested on 04/10/12:

Name

Age

Town

 

William J. Brooks

66

Pennsauken

 

Lucas Francis Walsh

24

Maple Shade

 

David Ingoglia

36

Byram

 

Scott Hersh

43

Mount Arlington

 

Arrested on 04/11/12:

Name

Age

Town

 

Brandon Sarna

20

New Brunswick

 

John Thomas Kondes

56

Bayonne

 

Andrew Rodriguez

27

Park Ridge

 

Arrested on 04/12/12:

Name

Age

Town

 

Collin Tillett

29

Hamilton (Atlantic Co.)

 

Armondo Flores

46

Bridgeton City

 

Robert Knapp

47

Old Bridge

 

Jose A. Velasquez

20

Clifton

 

Jasmyn E. Oliver

20

Union Twp.

 

Robert J. Rowe 2nd

33

Union Twp.

 

Arrested on 04/13/12:

Name

Age

Town

 

Joseph Marella

42

Passaic

 

Christopher Guzman

32

Camden

 

Asaf Guttman

39

Bloomfield

 

Jared Pacifici

27

Manalapan

 

Joshua Ferreri

25

West Berlin

 

John Mulligan

41

Ocean City

Prentiss Gray April 18, 2012 at 01:43 PM
It's good that these guys got stopped, now what? Do they get psychological help or just prison time?
Rose Farrell April 18, 2012 at 02:54 PM
These activities represent the basest of unacceptable human behavior. I hope that these acts can be unequivocally attributed to all of the accused people and it not be found out later that perhaps someone other than the accused had access to his/her computer and IP address.
The Full Monty April 19, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Who else sees the irony that police distribute child porn in an effort to catch those who look for child porn? I find the idea of child porn most disturbing, but the methods/money/resources that are used to conduct these operations are equally disturbing.

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