TWO CHARGED WITH CHILD PORN POSSESSION

Two area men were among 24 men and one juvenile arrested in New Jersey this month on charges of possessing child pornography, including rape videos, the state Attorney General announced Wednesday.

Manuel Sanchez-Olivarez, 37, right, of Red Bank, and Christopher Brondi, 57, below, of Rumson, were charged with possession of multiple sexually explicit videos of young children, which like all the defendants they had made available to others, AG Jeffrey Chiesa said at a press conference near Trenton.

From a press release issued by the AG’s office:

The Digital Technology Investigations Unit of the State Police began the investigation approximately three months ago by searching for New Jersey residents who were making child pornography, including child rape videos, available to others. These files show pre-pubescent boys and girls being sexually molested by being penetrated, or by being coerced into performing sexual acts on themselves, or others.

Working with law enforcement partners in the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, multi-agency teams swept across New Jersey between February 18th and 22nd to make the majority of the arrests. The charged defendants come from all walks of life, but each was found to be in possession of multiple sexually explicit videos of young children, which they had made available to others.

“Anyone who views and distributes child pornography – particularly the type of child rape videos targeted in this operation – puts himself in league with the predators who sexually assault children to create these videos,” said Attorney General Chiesa. “The children they watch being tortured are violated again by their actions, and these offenders may pose a danger to other children because of their predilections. We will remain ever vigilant to stop this predatory behavior against children.”

The full text of the press release is here.