HAWTHORNE, NJ - A Hawthorne resident was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of possession of child pornography, a third-degree crime, and one count of distribution of child pornography, a second-degree crime, according to a statement released by the office of Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik. The sheriff stated that information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation was sent to the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office, which in turn was shared with the Sheriff's Office, Internet Crime Against Children Task Force.
The FBI, Passaic County Prosecutor's Office, and Sheriff's Office carried out three search warrants which lead to the arrest of 48 year-old Hawthorne resident John O'Hagan. O'Hagan was alleged to have distributed the illegal pornography by text messages to a recipient in California. O'Hagan himself was searched, along with his place of residence and vehicle. Inside his residence, detectives discovered "several items pertaining to the investigation," according to the statement. Among those items seized were a cell phone, which will be searched for any possible further child pornography.
"As Sheriff, the investigation of crimes against children remain a priority of my Administration. I will never tolerate any type of children exploitation," Berdnik said in his statement. "I want to commend the Detectives from the PCPO, FBI and the PCSO for their hard work on this investigation. I especially want to thank Prosecutor Valdes and her staff for participating in this joint investigation."
O'Hagan was taken to Passaic County Jail in Paterson after being processed.
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