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3 N.J men arrested on child porn charges

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Yesterday, a Washington Township man was indicted for allegedly distributing child pornography, stated Acting Attorney General John Hoffman. James Engle, 29, was arrested in Feb. 2013 as part of Operation Ever Vigilant, a wide-ranging sweep of 24 men and one juvenile male, Hoffman said. Two other men of Union County have also been indicted of distributing images and videos of children engaged in sexual activity, and offering the pornography on the internet. They are Robert Rowe, 35, of Union Township, and 63-year-old Frank Fiorelli of Springfield, New Jersey. www.philly.com

The three men were arrested in a sting operation called, Operation Ever Vigilant and Operation Watchdog. More than 50 men and women were arrested as a result of both operations. In Operation Ever Vigilant a total of 24 men and one juvenile were apprehended in the investigation run under the direction of the State Police and the New Jersey Internet Crimes against Children Task Force. Rowe. was arrested in April 2012 during a separate state investigation called "Operation Watchdog" in which 26 men and one woman were arrested, Hoffman said. http://longvalley.patch.com/

According to the indictments, the three men downloaded child pornography onto their computers and used a Peer-to-Peer file-sharing network to share the images. State Attorney General John Hoffman said when State Police troopers went to Fiorelli's home, he stood at the top of a stairway holding a gun, until he was ordered to drop the weapon. At his property, confiscated a computer, five handguns and a shotgun. Fiorelli also faces a charge of resisting arrest for allegedly struggling with the officers. www.nj.com

Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, stated that ““Those who think they are hiding anonymously behind a computer trading and watching this filth should know that we can find them and are coming after them “He continued to say “Our Cyber Crimes detectives continually uncover the identities of these online child pornography traders and arrest them.”

The indictments were handed up to Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson in Mercer County, who assigned the Engle indictment to Morris County, and the Fiorelli and Rowe indictments to Union County.

If found guilty of the second degree felonies the men are charged with they face, five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000, while third-degree crimes carry a sentence of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. Fourth-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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