NEWARK, NJ — A 29-year-old West Caldwell resident has been arrested and charged with second degree endangering the welfare of a child for possessing more than 1,000 items depicting the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II.
Members of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, New Jersey State Police, Homeland Security Investigations and West Caldwell Police executed a search warrant on Thursday at Ethan Weiner’s West Caldwell home. According to Stephens, devices and digital storage media were seized from his home for forensic examination and analysis.
Weiner was identified during an investigation initiated by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force into the distribution of images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation and abuse of children through file sharing networks.
Adam Weiner, the 32-year-old brother of Ethan Weiner who resides at the same address in West Caldwell, was also arrested and charged with possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of school property, police said.
Ethan was released on pre-trial monitoring while Adam was charged on a summons. The investigation is active and ongoing.