Absecon Man Charged with Distribution of Child Abuse Images and Videos


MAYS LANDING – An Absecon man has been charged in connection with the distribution of child abuse images and videos via a social messaging application. Stephen T. Costello, 41, was arrested without incident and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a referral of inappropriate content distributed on the social media file sharing application KIK. A subsequent investigation led Atlantic County Prosecutor Detectives to identify Costello and determine he distributed over 1000 videos and images of child sexual exploitation. He was charged with a 1st degree offense in reference to the distribution of child abuse images via a social messaging service. Mr. Costello was also charged with 2nd degree possession of child abuse images.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit was assisted by the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations, and the Absecon Police Department.
***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ***

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Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.”

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