PATERSON, NJ – A nearly six month investigation by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crime Against Children Task Force led to the arrest of a Paterson man who law enforcement authorities say is a repeat distributor of child pornography.
According to Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, investigators received a tip in February that Raul O. Alarcon had distributed an image of child sexual abuse, via instant message.
Detectives executed a search warrant Thursday and arrested Alarcon, while also seizing a cellular telephone and a digital camera belonging to Alarcon that allegedly held approximately 150 additional files of child sexual abuse. Detectives will continue to examine Alarcon’s phone for additional evidence related to the investigation.
Alarcon, charged with several crimes including maintaining, distributing, and possessing child pornography was previously arrested for and convicted of similar crimes in 2016 leading to a five-year prison sentence.