“These cases highlight the fact that viewing child pornography is part of a continuum of deviant behavior that often leads to or drives other sex crimes.” “We’ve made these proactive child protection investigations a top priority by adding more staff for them at the state level and considerable new resources, including the mobile forensics lab and electronics detection dog,” Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice said.“There’s no question that by collaborating across all levels of law enforcement and arresting these offenders, we protected innocent children who might otherwise have been sexually abused and exploited.

Two proactive investigations initiated by the New Jersey State Police extended beyond New Jersey’s borders – with assistance from other state and federal authorities – to apprehend defendants charged with allegedly attempting to arrange the interstate trafficking of young children for sex: On July 21, 2017, Governor Christie signed a new law which will take effect Feb.

1, 2018, and will further enhance penalties for possession and distribution of child pornography.

As electronic devices become smaller and easier to hide, the importance of dogs trained to detect them increases.

There are thumb drives available that are hidden in or disguised as cuff links, bracelets, LEGO blocks, coins and other everyday items.

Those arrested in Operation Safety Net included 10 “hands-on” offenders, including child predators in California and Indiana who allegedly tried to have children transported interstate from New Jersey by adult traffickers so they could have sex with the children; four men in New Jersey who allegedly sought to lure children for sex; a camp counselor who allegedly sexually assaulted a girl, 14, under his supervision; a youth minister who allegedly sent lewd photos of himself to a young girl; and a man, 24, who allegedly used a phone app to record underage girls performing sex acts on themselves.

Eight other defendants, including one from Gillette, were arrested in New Jersey in Operation Safety Net on charges related to various types of alleged “hands-on” conduct, including sexual assault, luring a child, conveying obscene materials to a child, and manufacturing child pornography the release said: Eleven defendants arrested in Operation Safety Net would qualify as second-degree “super-possessors” under the new law to go into effect in 2018, the release said.The detectives would then thoroughly search the area where that evidence was found to ensure all digital evidence was recovered.Rapid triage of computers at search sites – also called forensic previewing – is a critical component of child pornography investigations.We’ve also ensured that all these men who victimized children – or re-victimized them by viewing child pornography – will face justice.” “The individuals who share this horrific material will not stop unless they are apprehended and removed from the public,” Colonel Patrick Callahan, Acting Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police said.“The nine-month investigation conducted by the New Jersey Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and partnering agencies have ensured that children throughout the country will not fall victim to the actions of these depraved individuals.The new law also makes it a first-degree crime to possess 100,000 or more items of child pornography, and a second-degree crime to possess anywhere between 1,000 and 99,999.