MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – A Morris County man, who is accused of leading a child porn network, is facing more charges after an examination of his cell phone, according to Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.
Ruben Gonzalez, 19, of Morristown was arrested and charged on Monday with second-degree leader of a child pornography network, second-degree possession of child pornography with intent to distribute, second-degree distribution of child sexual abuse material, first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, eight counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, eleven counts of third-degree invasion of privacy, and three counts of third-degree computer criminal activity.
On or between December 2, 2020 and November 5, 2021, Gonzalez allegedly conspired with others to lead a child pornography network, using the Telegram application to communicate and coordinate the distribution of child sexual abuse material, Carroll said.
Gonzalez would allegedly use the “Screen Record” option on his cell phone to secretly record and save sexual activity of the victims, without their knowledge or consent. Some of the victims of the defendant’s conduct were minors, Carroll said.
Gonzalez was arrested in December 2021 in connection with alleged series of sexual assaults in Morris Township and Morristown.
He is currently detained at the Morris County Correctional Facility on the new charges and three separate Morris County Indictments charging him with aggravated sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal sexual contact and invasion of privacy. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 12, Carroll said.