NEWARK, NJ — A 62-year-old West Orange man has been charged with second-and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child for possessing and distributing items depicting the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office (ECPO).
Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens, II, and West Orange Police Chief James Abbott announced the arrest of Barry Eagel on Friday after members of the ECPO Special Victims Unit, the West Orange Police Department, the New Jersey State Police and Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at him home. Devices and digital storage media were seized from his home for forensic examination and analysis.
According to the ECPO, Eagel was identified during an investigation initiated by the ECPO 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. The investigation is active and ongoing.
Stephens acknowledged the efforts of ECPO Detective Thomas Chung, ECPO Supervisor/Assistant Prosecutor Deborah Freier and other members of the Special Victims Unit as well as the assistance provided by local and state officials.