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Montvale Resident Charged with Distributing Hundreds of Explicit Images of Minors, Explicit Contact with Children


Law enforcement officials in Bergen County reported the arrest of Mr. John A. Bell of Montvale on charges of possession, distribution, and production of explicit images of minors as well as sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Officials said, on Tuesday, September 21,  members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at the residence of Belle during a months-long Internet explicit images of minors investigation.

According to officials, the investigation revealed that Bell used the Internet to view, download, or possess more than 1,000 digital files depicting nude and/or sexually explicit prepubescent minors, as well as share digital files via the Internet showing nude and/or sexually explicit pubescent and prepubescent children.

The investigation also revealed that Bell filmed/photographed pre-pubescent children while posed and/or exposed in a sexually suggestive manner.

In addition, Bell engaged in sexually explicit behavior and sexual activity while he was alone with three minors.