A North Bergen man solicited naked pictures from a 13-year-old he met on social media, later sexually assaulting the teen when they met in person, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Amos Duque, 35, of North Bergen, has been charged with production of child pornography, sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, luring, endangering the welfare of a child, and possession of child pornography, Musella said in a statement.
The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.
On Friday, September 13, 2019, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit received information that beginning in August 2019 and while communicating on a mobile, social media application, a 13-year-old victim from Bergen County received sexually explicit text messages and had online chats with an adult.
The investigation revealed that Duque was the adult communicating with the victim and that he obtained one or more nude photos of the victim during the chats and arranged to meet the victim in Bergen County.
On or about August 26th, Duque traveled to Bergen County, then met with and sexually assaulted the victim, officials said.
Then, on Wednesday, September 18th, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, with the assistance of detectives from the North Bergen Police Department and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, executed a search warrant at Duque’s home.
The search revealed that Duque used the internet to view, download, and possess approximately 130 digital files depicting nude and/or sexually explicit prepubescent and pubescent children, police said.
As a result, Duque was arrested and was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing in Hackensack, scheduled for Monday, September 23, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.
Musella also thanked the North Bergen Police Department and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.