MAYS LANDING – A 21-year-old Mays Landing man has been charged in connection with the distribution of child abuse images and videos via a social messaging application, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office announced. William K. Edson, 21, was arrested on July 18, 2022, 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 messaging and chat application identified as KIK. A subsequent investigation led Atlantic County Prosecutor Detectives to identify Edson and determine he distributed more than 1000 images and videos of child sexual exploitation.
Edson was arrested and served with one 1st degree distribution charge and one 2nd degree charge surrounding the possession of child abuse images via a social messaging service.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit was assisted by the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the Hamilton Township 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.
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/forms/tips-crime-reporting/ and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page.
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