FAR HILLS BOROUGH, NJ (Somerset County) – A Somerset County man was charged in relation to possessing and distributing child pornography, according to Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart.
According to Taggart, as part of the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit were notified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) of an apparent upload of images of sexual exploitation or abuse of a child.
An investigation revealed that Jason O’Hare, 33, of Far Hills Borough was suspected of uploading numerous sexually explicit images of children under the age of 18, Taggart said.
Then on May 25, at around 7:00 a.m., Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office detectives, along with members of the Far Hills Police Department, executed a Superior Court ordered search warrant at O’Hare’s residence, Taggart said.
As a result of the search, O’Hare’s electronic devices were seized for further computer forensic examination. An initial forensic examination of these devices revealed numerous images depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of a child, Taggart said.
O’Hare was arrested without incident at his residence and was charged with second-degree distribution of child pornography and third-degree possession of child pornography. He was lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing and subsequently released, Taggart said.
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 Far Hills Police Department at 908-234-1192 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. 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.