Lodi man charged with child pornography

Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of MICHAEL CARUSO (DOB: 3/20/1990; single; restaurant manager) of 113-D Marion Pepe Drive, Lodi, New Jersey on charges of distribution and possession of child pornography. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love.

On Thursday, July 8, 2021, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit responded to the residence of MICHAEL CARUSO during the course of a months-long Internet child pornography investigation. The investigation revealed that CARUSO used the Internet to view, download, possess and distribute digital files depicting nude and/or sexually explicit prepubescent and pubescent children.

As a result of the investigation, MICHAEL CARUSO was arrested on Thursday, July 8, 2021 in Paramus, New Jersey and charged with one count of second-degree distribution of child pornography, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4b(5)(a)(i); and one count of third-degree possession of child pornography, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4(b)5(b)iii. CARUSO was released pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.

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 Lodi Police Department for their assistance in this investigation, as well as the Lyndhurst Police Department which participates in the Bergen County Cyber Crimes Task Force.

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