BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Hillsborough man was arrested on child pornography charges after explicit pictures of children were found on his computer when he brought it to be repaired in Bridgewater, according to a release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
Michael Iden, 46, was charged with one count of third degree endagering the welfare of a child for the attempted possession of child pornography.
According to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson, on Sept. 13, 2018, Iden brought his HP Envy Notebook to an electronics store in Bridgewater to be repaired. The technical support team, Robertson said, found sexually-explicit images of children on it and contacted law enforcement.
A search warrant was obtained for the computer, Robertson said, and the New Jersey Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory conducted a forensic examination of Iden's computer. The examination, Robertson said, found Internet browsing artifacts indicative of Iden's attempts to search for child pornography.
At 10:30 a.m. Aug. 5, Robertson said, detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Special Investigations Unit and officers from Bridgewater Township Police Department found Iden in his Hillsborough home and arrested him for attempted possession of child pornography.
Iden was taken to Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.
Anyone with information pertaining to the investigation should contact the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Special Investigations Unit at 908-231-7100, or the Bridgewater Township Police Department at 908-722-4111 or via the STOPit app.
All anonymous tips and reports will be kept confidential.