After 11-month child pornography investigation, Kearny police arrest 20-year-old man

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After an 11-month child pornography investigation, the Kearny Police Department has arrested a 20-year-old man who allegedly solicited explicit photos from minors via Instagram and Snapchat.

Justin Davidson. Photo courtesy of the Kearny Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Justin Davison, 20, of Kearny, has been charged with both first- and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child in seven different instances, Kearny Police Chief George King said in a statement.

In two of those instances, one involved a 15-year-old and the other involving a 17-year-old teen girls, he is also charged with lewdness and cyber harassment.

Furthermore, for his conduct with an adult woman, 19, he is also accused of criminal sexual contact, lewdness, and cyber harassment.

The Kearny Police Department Detective Bureau opened an investigation in early June 2020, based on numerous public social media posts alleging several local residents had been subjected to harassing or sexually objectionable behavior by a certain Kearny man, later identified as Davidson.

The investigation uncovered many instances where the suspect contacted victims via social media platforms Instagram and Snapchat and arranged to receive sexually explicit images of them.

Detectives arrested Davidson on May 12th without incident at his job in Glen Rock. He was remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Center pending his first court appearance.

Furthermore, King extended his gratitude to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, her office’s Special Victims Unit, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, for their assistance in this investigation.

Anyone wishing to report information pertaining to this case should call Det. John Fabula of the Kearny Police Department at 201-998-1313 ext. 2833, or send him an email at jfabula@kearnynjpd.org.