A volunteer firefighter in Bordentown City has been arrested and charged with the possession and distribution of child porn images and videos.

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Bordentown Township Police Chief Brian Pesce announced Monday that 36-year-old Jay J. Howe, of the first block of Kennebec Court in Bordentown Township, is charged with possessing and distributing child sexual abuse material, as well as three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (two Second Degree and one-Third Degree).

Now that an arrest was made, and charges presented, the case is on its way to a grand jury where Howe faces an indictment.

 

Prosecutor Coffina said that Howe, who is a member of the Bordentown City volunteer fire department, has been and will remain in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly, pending a detention hearing in Superior Court.

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Howe was arrested on February 9 at his home when law enforcement executed a search warrant and found and seized several electronic devices during the search, which will now be examined by detectives from the Burlington County Prosecutors Office High-Tech Crimes Unit.

His alleged lewd activity came to light in December of 2021 when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent a tip of information to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office High-Tech Crimes Unit.

It sparked an investigation, which led law enforcement to find out that Howe was using an app to send and receive videos, containing child sexual abuse material.

Burlington County Prosecutors Office Detective Jennifer Appelmann was the lead investigator in this case and received assistance from the Burlington County Prosecutors Office High-Tech Crimes Unit, United States Homeland Security Investigations – Cherry Hill Office, New Jersey State Police, Bordentown Township Police Department, and Evesham Police.

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