FREEHOLD BOROUGH — A summer long investigation into images of child sexual abuse has led to 14 arrests in Monmouth County.

Among those arrested as part of  "Operation School's Out" were a professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, a retired computer scientist who previously held federal government contracts, and an electronics technician.

Gramiccioni said the sweep spanned July 20 to Aug. 31 during the summer vacation, a time he said children are at their most vulnerable.

"Operation School’s Out caught individuals who shamelessly viewed and shared depraved images of children being sexually abused. Our successful operation demonstrates the value of our partnerships with the local law enforcement agencies that help our ICAC Task Force continue to have a vigilant and watchful eye for this extremely damaging criminal activity.” Christopher J. Gramiccioni said.

All the defendants were released and could not have unsupervised contact with minors. They are also prohibited from using the internet.

The following individuals were arrested as a result of Operation School’s Out:

  • John G. Fenton, 55, of Middletown, a commercial oil delivery driver, was arrested on Aug. 4, following the investigation of a CyberTip forwarded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), which revealed he uploaded child pornography images to Chatstep. Fenton is charged with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child (Distribution of Child Pornography) and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child (possession of child pornography).
  • Henry Gavilanez, 27, of Long Branch, an unemployed insurance salesman, was arrested on Aug. 31, following an investigation which revealed that he used peer-to-peer file-sharing software to make child pornography images and videos available to others online. Gavilanez is charged with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child (distribution of child pornography) and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child (possession of child pornography).
  • Emir Gomez, 18, of Eatontown, a landscaper, was arrested on Aug. 17, following the investigation of a NCMEC CyberTip which revealed he maintained images and videos of child pornography in his Dropbox cloud storage account to which he provided others with access. Gomez is charged with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child (distribution of child pornography) and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child (possession of child pornography).
  • Paul King, 62, of Belmar, a professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, was arrested on Aug. 16, following an investigation, which revealed he used P2P file-sharing software to make child pornography images and videos available to others online. King is charged with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child (distribution of child pornography) and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child (possession of child pornography).
  • Douglas Masto, 70, of Wall, a self-employed business manager, was arrested on Aug. 10, following an investigation that revealed that he used P2P file-sharing software to make child pornography images and videos available to others online. Masto was charged with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child (distribution of child pornography) and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child (possession of child pornography).
  • Terrance McCuen, 53, of the Wanamassa section of Ocean Township, a construction site superintendent, was arrested on Aug. 2, following an investigation that revealed that he used P2P file-sharing software to make child pornography images and videos available to others online. McCuen was charged with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child (distribution of child pornography). McCuen was also charged with disorderly persons Possession of Less than 50 Grams of Marijuana.
  • Alan Raczek, 27, of Tinton Falls, a grocery store cashier, was arrested on July 28, following an investigation that revealed he possessed numerous items of child pornography. Raczek was charged with one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child (possession of child pornography).
  • Rodrigo Roldan, 65, of Neptune, a retiree who holds dual citizenship in the United States and Colombia, was arrested on July 20, following an investigation that revealed that he used P2P file-sharing software to make child pornography images and videos available to others online. Roldan was charged with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child (distribution of child pornography) and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child (possession of child pornography).
  • Eric C. Scherzer, 38, of the Leonardo section of Middletown, an electronics technician, was arrested on Aug. 23, following an investigation that revealed that he used P2P file-sharing software to make child pornography images and videos available to others online. Scherzer was charged with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child (distribution of child pornography) and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child (possession of child pornography). Scherzer was also charged with disorderly persons Possession of Less than 50 Grams of Marijuana.
  • James Simmons, 69, of Freehold Township, a retired computer scientist and former federal government contractor, was arrested on July 26, following an investigation that revealed that he used P2P file-sharing software to make child pornography images and videos available to others online. Simmons was charged with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child (distribution of child pornography) and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child (possession of child pornography).
  • Frederick Simzer, 30, of Hazlet, a swimming pool maintenance worker, was arrested on Aug. 18, following the investigation of a NCMEC CyberTip that revealed that he maintained images and videos of child pornography in the cloud storage account associated with his cellular phone service. Simzer also possessed numerous items of child pornography on a personal electronic device. Simzer was charged with one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child (possession of child pornography).
  • Jude I. Taylor, 38, of Red Bank, a landscaper, was arrested on July 25, following an investigation that revealed that he used P2P file-sharing software to download child pornography images and videos. Taylor was charged with one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child (possession of child pornography).
  • Martin Velazquez-Rodriguez, 52, of Asbury Park, a factory worker, was arrested on Aug. 30, following an investigation that revealed that he used P2P file-sharing software to download child pornography videos. Velazquez-Rodriguez was charged with one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child (possession of child pornography).
  • Dale E. Williams, 46, of Middletown, a construction worker, was arrested on July 21, following an investigation that revealed that he used P2P file-sharing software to download child pornography images and videos. Williams was charged with one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child (possession of child pornography).

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com.

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