Hudson County corrections officer caught with child pornography, authorities say

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A Hudson County corrections officer has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after being caught with child pornography on his home computer, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Thursday, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested Samuel Moreno, 53, of Jersey City, following an investigation into allegations
of possessing child pornography, Suarez said in a statement.

The investigation included a search warrant which led to suspected child pornography being discovered on a computer located in his residence, authorities said.

Moreno is currently a corrections officer at the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny where he was arrested without incident.

Moreno has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child by possessing suspected
child pornography, a third-degree crime.

He was processed and released and is scheduled to make his first appearance on this charge in Central Judicial Processing Court in the Hudson County Administration Building at 10:00 a.m. on May 30th.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit with the
investigation and arrest as well as the Hudson County Department of Corrections Internal Affairs Unit with assisting in the investigation.

“We will proactively investigate and prosecute any violation of the law to maintain the integrity of this facility and to maintain the highest level of professional and ethical standards for law enforcement,” added Hudson County Department of Corrections Director Ronald Edwards.

He also thanked the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor for its professional cooperation in investigating this case.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office SVU is actively investigating this case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1234 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s official website at:
http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential.