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RUTHERFORD MAN WHO POSED AS TEEN ON LINE CHARGED WITH POSSESSION & DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

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Rutherford NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of FRANK CIRINO (DOB: 11/3/1953; divorced; maintenance worker) of 108 Van Riper Avenue, Rutherford, New Jersey on the charges of Possession Of Child Pornography, Distribution Of Child Pornography, and Endangering The Welfare Of A Child. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.

On Thursday, November 19, 2020, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at the residence of FRANK CIRINO during the course of an Internet child pornography investigation. The investigation revealed that CIRINO used the Internet to view, download, and possess approximately 1,000 digital files depicting nude and/or sexually explicit prepubescent and pubescent children, and also share approximately 25 such files online. In addition, CIRINO used online chat forums and applications to engage in sexually explicit online chat conversations with underage boys and girls while posing as a fictitious teenage boy and a fictitious teenage girl. Further investigation revealed that during such online conversations, CIRINO obtained nude and/or sexually-explicit images of juveniles, and sent nude images to the children.

As a result of the investigation, Frank CIRINO was arrested on November 19, 2020 in Paramus, New Jersey and charged with one count of Distribution Of Child Pornography, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4(b)5(a)i, a 2nd degree crime; one count of Possession Of Child Pornography, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4(b)5(b)ii, a 2nd degree crime; and one count of Endangering The Welfare Of A Child, in violation of N.J.S.A.2 of 22C:24-4a(1), a 3rd degree crime. CIRINO was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.

This investigation, led by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit, is continuing. Any parent or guardian who determines that their child has communicated with the online screen names: “OceanGrlNJ” or “jackridge225” may contact the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Tips Line at (201) 226-5532.

Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutor Musella thanks the Rutherford Police Department for their assistance, as well as the Lyndhurst and Ramsey Police Departments which both participate in the Bergen County Cyber Crimes Task Force.

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