A 36-year-old man from the town of Bordentown has been charged with possession and distribution of child sexual abuse material.
Jay J. Howe was charged with three counts of endangering the child’s well-being: two second-degree and one third-degree, according to information provided by Burlington County Attorney Scott Kofina and Bordentown Police Chief Brian Pesch on February 14.
Howe, a member of the Bordentown Volunteer Fire Service, was taken into custody at his residence following a search warrant on Feb. 9 and placed in Burlington Jail in Mount Hall pending detention in the Supreme Court, according to the statement.
The electronic devices confiscated during the search will be investigated by operatives of the Office for Combating High Technology BKPA, the report said.
The investigation began in December after the BCPO’s high-tech department received information about Howe’s cyber activities from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The investigation revealed that Howe allegedly used the app to send and receive videos containing material of child sexual abuse, according to the charges.
The case will be prepared for a grand jury for a possible indictment.
The investigation was conducted by the BCPO High-Tech Unit through the United States Internal Security Investigations – Cherry Hill Office, New Jersey Police, Bordentown Police Department and Ewsham Police Department. The lead investigator was BCPO detective Jennifer Appelman.
The High-Tech Division BCPO and HSI – Cherry Hill are members of the New Jersey Police Crimes Task Force (ICAC). The BCPO also belongs to the New Jersey Police Task Force to Combat Cyberterrorism.