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Five Arrested in Ocean County Child Porn Sting

Like a house of cards, four men and a juvenile have been taken into custody in a month long computer child pornography sting, through out Ocean County. Prosecutor Joseph Coronato announced the final arrest in Forked River today, with other arrest that started in mid May in Toms River, Berkeley, Jackson, South Toms River and Lakewood.

27-year-old Christopher Pontrelli of Down Hill Run in Toms River was arrested on May 15th and charged with 2 counts of 2nd Degree Distribution of Child Pornography, 25-year-old John Rupert Woods of Bennett’s Mills Road in Jackson was arrested on one count of 4th degree Possession of Child Pornography and one count of 2nd degree Distribution of child Pornography, 25-year-old Nicholas Hernandez Jr of 3rd Avenue in South Toms River was arrested on May 23rd and charged with one count of 2nd degree Distribution of Child Pornography and one count of 4th degree Possession of Child Pornography, a juvenile from Berkeley Township was taken into custody on June 11th from Staysail Court in Bayville on 1 count of 4th degree Possession of Child Pornography after the Ocean County Prosecutors Office High Tech Crimes Unit received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

In Lakewood, Jesus Hernandez-Juarez of Mexico was arrested on June 13th at a 4th Street Apartment and charged with 1 count of Possession of a Fraudulent Government ID, and was found to have allegedly discarded a computer utilized to share child pornography on the internet. Two other Individuals were also arrested on outstanding warrants at the Lakewood Apartment where Hernandez-Juarez resided , 27-year-old Jonathan Alcarz and 27-year-old Anatasio Mateo Garcia on failure to appear warrants. Both men are from Mexico and in the US illegally. They’re being detained by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Finally this morning, 33-year-old Chad Zehner of Lakewood Avenue in Forked River was arrested on 1 count of 4th degree Child Pornography Possession and 2nd degree Distribution of Child Pornography Distribution.

Prosecutor Coronato says the arrests are the result of a month long high tech sweep for child pornographers by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations. The agencies also received help from local Police Departments from Toms River, Jackson, Berkeley, Lacey and South Toms River.

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