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Moorestown Teen Among 27 Arrested in Child Porn Sweep

Three other men from the area were arrested during the sweep—dubbed "Operation Watchdog"—last week.

A 17-year-old Moorestown boy was among 27 individuals charged in a state police child pornography investigation dubbed "Operation Watchdog," authorities said Tuesday.

The 26 men and one woman used file-sharing programs on the Internet to download or distribute child porn, the state police said. Among the images and videos were those with a "digital fingerprint" that were tracked as they moved across file-sharing networks, authorities said.

In addition to the Moorestown juvenile, police also arrested three other men from the area on child porn charges:

  • Cesar Salgado-Maya, of Audubon
  • Lucas F. Walsh, of Maple Shade
  • William J. Brooks, of Pennsauken

“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."

Salgado-Maya, 23, was the first person arrested after authorities discovered his home was connected to a day care, according to state police.

Police found Brooks, 66, downloading child porn as authorities stormed in, according to a release. With a previous conviction in another state on his record, Brooks was lodged in Camden County Jail on $300,000 cash bail.

“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, state police superintendent.

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

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


Nancy VanTwistern April 17, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I know what my choice of punishment would be.........use your imagination, folks!!!
ConcernedQuaker April 18, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Why does the right of the 17 YO superceed my right to protect my children?? This perv could be living next door to me!
Rob Scott (Editor) April 18, 2012 at 02:33 PM
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Janice Skalski April 18, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Janice Perko I agree with Concerned Quaker, age should not matter. We need to know.
Kim Ferrie April 18, 2012 at 08:59 PM
My parents took in many sexually abused foster children during my childhood. They lose many things, including trust, safety, and their innocence. They are never the same. These awful people should never be allowed out again! Why? Because there is no cure for a person who seeks such pleasure.
Amy Knapp April 23, 2012 at 02:21 PM
As a parent living in Moorestown with two minor children (who are heavily involved with sports and school), I, along with every other Moorestown parent should know the name of this 17 year old who is living amongst us and potentially interracting with our kids on a daily basis!
Pete April 23, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I agree in withholding names of young crime victims but the perpetrators should be identified.

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