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Sheriff: Passaic Man Shared 500+ Child Porn Files Via Mobile App

Leonel Tovar Martinez
Leonel Tovar Martinez Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy PASSAIC COUNTY SHERIFF

PASSAIC, N.J. -- A Passaic man used a mobile app to traffic more than 500 kiddie porn images, authorities said.

Detectives charged Leonel Tovar Martinez, 40, of Jackson Street with nearly two dozen counts each of possessing, distributing and maintaining child pornography, Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik said.

Members of Berdnik's Internet Crime Unit arrested Martinez following a two-month investigation sparked by tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children -- and assisted by the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office Sexual Investigations Unit, the sheriff said.

He remained held in the Passaic County Jail pending the outcome of his case.

"As a father of four children, I feel strongly that child pornography needs to be thoroughly investigated and those responsible need to be arrested," Berdnik said.

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