A Union City man has been charged with the possession and distribution of child sex abuse videos, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Yesterday, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Special Victims Unit, and the Union City Police Department arrested Mario Lopez Esquit, 25, of Union City, on charges involving the possession and distribution of videos depicting child sex abuse material, Suarez said in a statement.
On December 9th, the Hudson County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was notified by the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit of a report of possible child exploitation material being shared on social media.
An investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office identified Lopez Esquit as the individual associated with the distribution of the child sex abuse materials via his social media accounts.
Lopez Esquit was arrested on a warrant charging him with endangering the welfare of a child for knowingly distributing videos of a child engaged in a prohibited sexual act, and endangering the welfare of a child for knowingly possessing videos of a child engaged in a prohibited sexual act.
He was remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility pending his first court appearance.
Suarez credited the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Special Victims Unit, the New Jersey State Police, and the Union City Police Department with the investigation.