VERONA, NJ - A Verona man was arrested on Friday for possessing more than 1,000 items depicting the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.  

According to the Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Verona Police Chief Christopher Kiernan, Paul J. Bonelli, 76, was arrested and charged with second degree endangering the welfare of a child. 

Following an investigation into a tip received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, members of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, Verona Police Department, New Jersey State Police, and Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at Bonelli's residence in Verona. According to the release, devices and digital storage media were seized from his home for forensic examination and analysis.  

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Bonelli was identified during an investigation into the possession and distribution of images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation and abuse of children online initiated by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, of which the Verona Police Department is a member.

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