Hillsborough man arrested for attempted possession of child pornography
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Bridgewater Township Chief of Police Al Nicaretta announced the arrest of Michael Iden, age 46 of Deana Drive, Hillsborough, New Jersey.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that on September 13, 2018, defendant Iden brought his HP Envy Notebook to an electronics store in Bridgewater, N.J. to be repaired. The technical support team observed sexually-explicit images of children and contacted law enforcement. A search warrant was subsequently obtained for defendant Iden’s computer. The New Jersey Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL) conducted a forensic examination of defendant Iden’s computer and located Internet browsing artifacts indicative of Iden’s attempt to search for child pornography.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that at approximately 10:30 am, on August 5, 2019, detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Unit and officers from the Bridgewater Township Police Department located defendant Iden at his Deana Drive home and placed him under arrest for the attempted possession of child pornography.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that defendant Eden was charged with one count of 3rd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for the Attempted Possession of Child Pornography, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4b(5)(b)(iii) and N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1a. After being processed at the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, defendant Iden was lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor, and Chief Nicaretta request anyone with information pertaining to this investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Bridgewater Township Police Department at (908) 722-4111 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and/or Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.
Note: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.