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Former South Plainfield EMT Charged in Child Porn Investigation

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Zachary Motta, 22, of the Iselin section of Woodbridge Township, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and possession of child pornography.

According to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Director Robert Hubner of the Woodbridge Police Department, Motta was arrested today and charged with exchanging sexually explicit messages with a 12-year-old boy and sending explicit photos of himself after receiving a lewd photo of the youngster.

Motta is a former South Plainfield Volunteer Rescue Squad member and an emergency medical technician at a hospital in New Brunswick. Motta also served with the Iselin Volunteer Fire Company.

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Motta was arrested at his home this morning during an investigation by Detective Anna Radowski of the Woodbridge Police Department and Detective Christopher Pennisi and Detective Joseph Chesseri, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

During the investigation, it was determined that between October 2016 and February 2017, Motta had sexually explicit conversations on the internet with the boy. The boy and the defendant also traded lewd photos of themselves.

The investigation began after the boy’s mother contacted authorities.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Pennisi of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3330, or Detective Chesseri of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3115.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Motta are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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