A postman, train conductor and retired prison officer are among 31 men charged amid a massive raid that produced horrific stories of online child sexual abuse in the COVID era, the reports said. New Jersey authorities on Wednesday.
One of them offered money and other prizes through a social media “game” he created to convince underage girls to send him nude photos, the attorney general said. ‘State, Gurbir S. Grewal.
Another asked victims aged 7 to 15 to send him sex photos, then forced them to send more by threatening to share the ones he had online, he said.
A third was arrested by undercover detectives after offering $ 300 to have sex with what he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, the attorney general said.
Almost everyone else arrested trafficked in images of child sexual abuse, including child rape videos, Grewal said. Most of them were using common online apps, he said.
“Operation 24/7” was launched to “respond to the continued rise in reports of potential threats to children from online predators during the COVID pandemic,” the attorney general said.
In the first six months of 2021, he said, the New Jersey regional task force on Internet crimes against children received 3,324 tips on potential threats to children online, or nearly 40% more than in 2019 (2,393).
At this rate, Grewal said, the year-end total would exceed the 6,130 tips received last year.
Seven county prosecutor’s offices, a local police force (Gloucester Township) and US Homeland Security Investigations joined “Operation 24/7”, which was led by the State Criminal Justice Division and the NJ State Internet Police Crimes Against Children Task Force.
âUnfortunately, since the start of the pandemic, predators have used the Internet to invade our homes and put our children at risk,â Essex County Acting District Attorney Theodore N. Stephens II said. “Predators literally have a worldwide network to hunt down and prey on children.”
The men arrested during the three-month operation are between the ages of 18 and 65, Grewal said.
Many of them “have professions that interact with the public: a medical assistant, a train operator and restaurant workers,” noted Lori Linskey, acting district attorney for Monmouth County. “It’s unsettling.”
Ryan olson, a 20-year-old student and online retailer from Williamstown, is accused of soliciting underage girls to send him sexually explicit images of themselves. Grewal said he asked them to play a social media “game” in which he offered prizes and money in exchange for sexually explicit material, “with more explicit photos and videos of the victims winning. more points, âhe said.
A 15-year-old victim sent Olson a sexually explicit video of herself, to which Olson replied with one of himself, Grewal said, adding that the investigation began with a referral related to a victim in UK.
Another defendant, Ndachi Ndungu, a 25-year-old temp from Jersey City, is accused of attempting to extort children he met on the game app Discord to send him sexually explicit photos of themselves. Nhungu threatened to share photos he had previously obtained of them on social media or report the victims to Discord, Grewal said – “until they agree to send more explicit photos”;
Robert reinhart, a 52-year-old construction worker from Telford, Pa., was arrested in an undercover operation in which Grewal said he offered $ 300 to have sex with a 14-year-old girl. Reinhart texted undercover detectives in the Gloucester County District Attorney’s Office who posed as the ‘girl’ ‘s adult sister, then was arrested after showing up for what he thought was a date “you in West Deptford,” said the attorney general.
Samuel Santiago, a 54-year-old retired correctional officer from Carteret, had images of child sexual abuse on his cell phone when he was arrested for sexually assaulting a minor, Grewal said.
Peter Eskow, 45, a technical director from Perth Amboy, is accused of having more than 80,000 files of child pornography on an external hard drive.
Meanwhile, George oakes, 57, a construction worker from Belvidere, is accused of having taken photos of child pornography on his computer on his computer.
Those accused of having and sharing images of child sexual abuse include two employees at the Monmouth County restaurant: Luis Torres Mendieta, 31, from Neptune City, and Carl Aliwalas, 29 years old, from the township of Neptune.
Other people accused of having and sharing images of child sexual abuse:
- Johnathan Valence, 36, restaurant manager from Wayne;
- Justin holtz, a 20-year-old farm worker from Southampton;
- Jonathan dunston, 53, employee of a Pemberton truck stop;
- Eugene Kim, 20, student of Evesham;
- Joshua Gamboa, 20, an unemployed US Army reservist from Bellmawr;
- Matthew Porche, 19 years old, student and HVAC technician, and Sean mcmichael, 38, job unknown, both from Cherry Hill;
- Fabien Cervantes, an 18-year-old student and restaurant worker from West Orange;
- Joshua Hunt, 28, from Paulsboro, job unknown;
- Brian Lusardi, 48, from Glendora, who works in an ice rink;
- Ryan becker, a 32-year-old warehouse worker from South Amboy (he is also accused of tampering with evidence, Grewal said);
- Derrick J. Anannab, 39, Holmdel’s medical assistant;
- Jean Coluzzi, a 22-year-old NJ Transit train engineer from Manalapan;
- Adam cohen, 45, from Oxford, who is unemployed;
- Garrett flynn, 22, a Washington Borough retail associate;
Those charged with possession (not delivery) include Gordon Strater, a 55-year-old US Postal Service carrier from Blackwood.
Other accused only of possession:
- Keith Rodenbach, 55, unemployed, from Mays Landing;
- Phong Nguyen, a 44-year-old nail technician, and Hau Tran, 47, unemployed, both from Pennsauken;
- Jacques Camille, 65, from Cherry Hill, job unknown;
- Edouard Robles, 34, from Sewell, job also unknown;
- Eugenio Dalesandro, 52, from Woolwich, unemployed.
- Franco Grasparil, a 21-year-old student from Sayreville.
- attorneys, detectives and staff of the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Cyber ââCrimes Bureau who participated, as well as state police units ICAC, TEAMS, K-9, Polygraph and Crime Scene Investigations;
- the Newark and Cherry Hill offices of US Homeland Security Investigations;
- prosecutors, detectives, investigators and staff from participating prosecutors’ offices in Burlington, Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Middlesex, Monmouth and Warren, as well as the Gloucester Police Department.
The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has arrested child predators who used a variety of chap atts, Grewal noted.
These, he said, include: Kik, Skout, Grindr, Whisper, Omegle, Tinder, Chat Avenue, Chat Roulette, Wishbone, Live.ly, Musical.ly, Paltalk, Yubo, Hot or Not, Down and Tumblr.
Arrests have also been made regarding gaming apps Fortnite, Minecraft and Discord, he added.
Grewal urged parents and guardians to familiarize themselves with these and other apps, to warn their children of threats that exist online – especially involving strangers – and to keep an eye out for signs of possible abuse.
âAs young people continue to spend more time on their electronic devices due to the COVID pandemic, we must remain vigilant,â the attorney general said.
âAs law enforcement agencies, we would like nothing more than to be there for every innocent child, so each council has the potential to save a young victim from a predator,â the police superintendent added. ‘State of NJ. Colonel Patrick J. Callahan.
âParents can join the fight by talking to their children about the dangers of online predators and closely monitoring their online activity,â he added.
“There can be no higher priority than protecting our children,” concluded Lyndsay Ruotolo, director of the state’s Criminal Justice Division.
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