BOUND BROOK, NJ – A tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has led to the arrest of a Bound Brook man who has been charged with 2nd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for the distribution of child pornography and 3rd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for the possession of child pornography, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The suspect, Leonel A. Ramirez, 28, of E. High Street, is lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing, according to Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Bound Brook Chief of Police Vito Bet.

The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit, along with the Bound Brook Police Department, located sexually explicit images of children on Ramirez’s computer in his residence on Jan. 16 following the tip received from NCMEC, according to Robertson. Detectives also seized several digital devices for forensic examination.

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The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office is a member of the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.  

Robertson requests anyone with information relating to this investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Bound Brook Police Department at (732) 356-0800 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.

Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.