A Hoboken business owner was caught uploading sexually explicit images of minors after authorities executed a search warrant at his Bedminster home last week, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
William Maass, Jr., 62, of Bedminster, was arrested at his home Tuesday, March 23rd after police and detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Detective Squad executed a search warrant, Robertson said in a statement.
He was charged with third-degree possession of child pornography and third-degree possession of child erotica. Maass was processed and released pending a court appearance.
The defendant is the owner and principal of Hoboken-based company “Forms Tech Inc.,” according to his LinkedIn page.
After the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children notified the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office of an apparent upload of images of child pornography, an investigation began by the Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations/Computer Crimes Unit.
The investigation revealed that Maass was suspected of uploading numerous sexually explicit images of children under the age of 18.
Police and detectives seized electronic devices including computers and external storage drives from Maass’ residence and an initial forensic examination of these devices revealed images depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of a child.
Robertson requests anyone with information relating to this investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Special Investigations Unit/Computer Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Bedminster Township Police Department at (908) 234-0585 or via the STOPit app.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477).
All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.