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By Trying to Help, You are Committing a Crime

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Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson Credits: Rod Hirsch/Tapinto file photo
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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor remind residents that should you come across images or videos depicting a child being physically or sexually abused do not share those images or videos online.

Images and/or videos depicting the sexual abuse of minors are considered child pornography.  Sharing them, even if your intent is to help, is a crime, and your actions continue to victimize the child, according to Robertson.

"If you would like to submit a tip about images or videos containing child sexual abuse or child pornography, please do so through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) via their secured cybertip lines," Robertson said:

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www.missingkids.org/gethelpnow/cybertipline or www.cybertipline.com

The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office has handled hundreds of NCMEC tips that have resulted in the arrest and prosecution of numerous suspects who preyed upon children, according to Robertson.

Over the past week, law enforcement officials across the country have been requesting that people stop sharing a video on Facebook that depicts child pornography. If you should come across the video you should report it to Facebook, and then delete it. The video shows a man abusing a child. The child in the video has been identified by law enforcement and is no longer in any harm.

Reminders:

Never click on or open unsolicited emails or messages from unknown contacts;

Report inappropriate activity or content to the website, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter immediately upon receipt. Include the sender's screen name, but do not forward the content to others as it could be considered distribution.

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