FAIRFIELD, NJ — After about a yearlong investigation in which the files of a North Bergen man’s work computer was examined by law enforcement authorities, the Fairfield Police Department announced the arrest of Tejas Patel, 36, for third-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
According to police, Patel surrendered himself voluntarily on May 2 after a warrant was issued for his arrest and served upon him.
In April 2016, company representatives from Command Nutritionals in Fairfield, which was Patel’s employer at the time, according to police, inadvertently discovered suspicious icons on Patel’s computer. A cursory investigation was conducted and Fairfield police were notified along with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
According to police, the computer was seized and eventually a search warrant was obtained to allow its files to be analyzed by technicians from the New Jersey State Police Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory.
As a result of this analysis, police said a variety of images involving minors engaged in pornographic activity were discovered and linked to Patel. Detective Jeffrey Didyk investigated the case and an arrest warrant was issued.
Following his surrender at police headquarters, Patel was transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark.