Police: North Bergen man caught with child pornography on his work computer

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A North Bergen man surrendered to authorities in Essex County after it was discovered that he had child pornography on his work computer, police said.

Photo via policearchives.org.
Photo via policearchives.org.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Tejas Patel, 36, of North Bergen, was charged with third degree endangering the welfare of a child yesterday after child pornography was discovered on his work computer in Fairfield, Fairfield Deputy Police Chief Anthony Manna said in a statement.

In April 2016, company representatives from Command Nutritionals, Patel’s employer at the time, inadvertently discovered suspicious icons on his computer, officials said.

His then-employer conducted a cursory investigation and immediately notified the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Fairfield Police Department, authorities said.

The computer was seized and eventually a search warrant was obtained to allow its files to be analyzed by technicians from the New Jersey State Police Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory, police said.

As a result of this analysis, it is alleged that a variety of images involving minors engaged in pornographic activity were discovered and linked to Patel.

A warrant was then issued for his arrest and it was served upon him when he voluntarily came to police headquarters yesterday, officials said, and Patel was then transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark.