Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announces that Tekanand Singh, 29, currently of West Milford, has been indicted on multiple counts related to the sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a minor victim, whom he met on the Internet.
According to officials, a Passaic County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Mr. Singh.
The Indictment consists of the following charges: Manufacturing of Explicit Images of Minors, Distribution of Explicit Images of Minors, Maintaining Explicit Images of Minors, Sexual Assault, Luring, Possession of Explicit Images of Minors, Distribution of Obscene Material to a Child, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Criminal Coercion and Criminal Sexual Contact.
After an initial investigation was commenced by the New York State Police, detectives from the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force assumed the investigation, with assistance from the West Milford Police Department.
According to police, Detectives learned that the child victim met Mr. Singh on the Internet and that they utilized a messaging application to communicate. During the course of their exchange, Mr. Singh directed the victim to send him sexually explicit images and videos.
The Investigation found that he further requested the victim engage in sexual acts, which he instructed should be recorded and sent to him. Mr. Singh also sent the victim photographs of himself.
All images were obtained by law enforcement. Additionally, Mr. Singh sent the victim obscene materials and had conversations with the victim in an attempt to meet in person.
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact them on their tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or firstname.lastname@example.org.