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Hillsdale Man Arrested in Statewide Child Porn Bust

State Police and other law enforcement agencies in the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force made the arrests.

A Hillsdale resident was one of 24 men and one juvenile arrested in a statewide child porn bust, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced Wednesday.

David Laidlaw, 36, was charged with second degree distribution of child pornography and fourth degree possession of child pornography. 

The files allegedly distributed among those arrested "show pre-pubescent boys and girls being sexually molested by being penetrated, or by being coerced into performing sexual acts on themselves, or others," according to the Attorney General's Office.

“Anyone who views and distributes child pornography — particularly the type of child rape videos targeted in this operation — puts himself in league with the predators who sexually assault children to create these videos,” Chiesa said in a press release. “The children they watch being tortured are violated again by their actions, and these offenders may pose a danger to other children because of their predilections. We will remain ever vigilant to stop this predatory behavior against children.”

The 25 arrests were made as a part of "Operation Ever Vigilant," in which the State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit worked with other state and local law enforcement agencies in the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The videos were allegedly distributed via email and file sharing networks. 

Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police said that police would continue to target those who watch or share child porn.

“Everyone sitting in the seclusion of their darkened homes viewing child rape videos has victimized these innocents by creating the market for this disgusting material. There’s no room for them to say, ‘I haven’t hurt anyone,’” Fuentes said. “With our partners, we will continue to uncover this behavior, and arrest all those involved.”

Four other Bergen County men, including Louis Cedeno of Palisades Park, Ernest Okhtenberg of Fair Lawn, Joseph Lorz of Bergenfield and Jose Oswaldo of Fairview were also arrested as part of the operation.

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Kevin P February 27, 2013 at 06:49 PM
ManyThx to the State and local PD for removing these predators from our kids..
Lisa February 27, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Thank you for finding these savages and arresting them.
Barry Black February 27, 2013 at 11:03 PM
You have to be very careful before making any judgements. The Internet is fraught with danger and with just a mis-directed link and perhaps intentional images could be downloaded to someone's computer without them knowing! Law enforcement makes arrests without any regard! The Internet has already been used to socially assassinate an individual.
christina February 28, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Thank goodness!!! Disgusting. Our children are a little safer. Thank you as well to the police!
Jason Feinman March 01, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Excellent work by our state and local police
21st century concerned citizen March 01, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Great work by our law enforcement personnel!! What these men did was absolutely criminal and they deserve to be behind bars for years, and not walking the streets. Also glad they have their identities and pictures in the press. Absolutely disgusting
Mark L. October 29, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Someone should check out Barry Black and his computer. For sure.

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