79 men nabbed across country in massive NJ child porn bust

Seventy-seven men and two boys were arrested in a multi-state child porn bust, the New Jersey Attorney General said on Dec. 1, 2017. (NJ Attorney General)

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A child porn bust in New Jersey netted nearly 80 arrests, including 14- and 17-year-old boys, prosecutors said.

The complaint alleges that the victims were as young as 2 or 4.

“Most of the child pornography cases involved videos where children, young children, are depicted being raped,” said Attorney General Christopher Porrino.

The Attorney General announced Friday the results Friday of a 9-month child protection operation run by the New Jersey Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The investigation reached as far as California, where one man was arrested for trafficking in children from New Jersey for an alleged sex party.

Investigators said George Castillo, 36, of Inglewood, California thought he was picking up a 4-year-old and 9-year-old girl from LAX but instead he was met by detectives. He allegedly had a stuffed animal and sex toys stashed in his car.

Some of the men communicated with detectives online, who pretended to be children or parents who were willing to sell their children for sex.

Other arrests include a youth minister, Michael DeBlock, 22, of Hopatcong; a 17-year-old Bergen county student accused of recording other kids in a bathroom; a Toms River piano teacher named Bryan San Andreas, 37; a Trenton Police officer; and James Cutrone, 52, a Hazlet swimming coach.

“The men we arrested lurked in the shadows of the internet and social media, looking for opportunities to sexually assault young children or to view such unspeakable assaults by sharing child pornography,” said Attorney General Porrino.

Investigators showed off some of the new technology they used to make the arrests, including a mobile cyber crime forensics van equipped with devices that can scan phones or computers for child porn. They also introduced reporters to Mega, one of the newest members of the State Police.

Mega, 2, is a German shepherd who can sniff out digital devices like an iPhone or external hard drive. He can pick up on the scent of a chemical that’s inside the devices called TPPO. Mega is the only K-9 in the country who can sniff out these pieces of digital evidence and apprehend a criminal if he or she tries to make a run for it.

“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,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice.

The men arrested could face decades in prison if convicted. The attorney general urged parents to stay vigilant and educate their children about the danger of predators online before and after giving them gifts such as a new iPhone this holiday.

Prosecutors identified the suspects and their charges as follows:

 

 

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