PISCATAWAY—A Piscataway teen was arrested last week on a child pornography charge after allegedly trying get away from detectives to destroy computer evidence, authorities announced today.
On Thursday, Jan. 26, members of the New Jersey State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit arrested Hong Yu Wang, 19. Detectives conducting an investigation regarding the distribution of child pornography interviewed Wang at his residence.
During the interview, Wang allegedly became uncooperative and attempted to flee detectives in order to destroy computer evidence, authorities said. Detective Sergeant First Class Chuck Allen subdued Wang and discovered that he had hidden powerful magnets inside of both shoes. These magnets could have been used to erase computer memory, according to authorities.
State Police detectives then executed a court-authorized search warrant for the residence and discovered numerous videos of pre-pubescent children engaged in sexual acts on computers belonging to Wang.
“We are making it a top priority to detect and arrest those who distribute and view child pornography,” said Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa. “Those who consider viewing child pornography a victimless crime need to realize that the victims are re-victimized every time a new person sees the images, and the market created for these horrible materials motivates those who torture and exploit children in this way. We’ll aggressively prosecute anyone who commits these crimes.”
“The exploitation of society’s most vulnerable will not be tolerated here in New Jersey,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “The New Jersey State Police will continue to use every investigative measure available to arrest and expose those who perpetrate these heinous crimes.”
Hong Yu Wang was placed under arrest and charged with endangering the welfare of a child (distribution and possession of child pornography) and obstruction. He was later lodged in the Middlesex County Jail pending a bail hearing.
The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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