A Brick man was charged with having over 1,000 images considered child pornography on his computer following a tip submitted through a national clearinghouse.
Cesar Ortega-Zevallos, 69, was charged with possession of child pornography, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.
The investigation was the result of a referral from the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The task force received cyber-tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an individual was uploading images of child pornography to the internet. An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit identified an IP address associated with a Brick Township residence as the location from which the individual was uploading the images to the internet. That individual was ultimately identified as Ortega-Zevallos, the statement said.
Detectives from Brick and Ocean County, as well as agents from U.S. Homeland Security Investigations executed a court-authorized search warrant on Ortega-Zevallos’ residence in Brick on Thursday. The address was not divulged publicly.
A forensic examination of Ortega-Zevallos’ computer by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit led to the discovery of more than 1,000 images of child pornography, the statement said. Ortega-Zevallos was taken into custody at his residence without incident. He was transported to the Ocean County Jail, where he is presently lodged pending a detention hearing.