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Lawrence Man Among 25 Defendants in Child Porn Ring

Two Mercer County men, including one from Lawrence, were picked up on charges of kiddie porn, which the AG's office described as the "torture" of children.

Duane Bell, 43, of Lawrence, was one of 24 men and a juvenile arrested in a kiddie porn ring that spanned 11 counties and the state. 

Bell was among two Mercer county residents arrested in the probe, called Operation Ever Vigilant. Along with the other 24 defendants, Bell was picked up in a multi-agency operation that ran from February 18 to 22. Also charged was Giovanni Jimenez, 37, of Trenton.

Operation Ever Vigilant itself three months ago, when the Digital Technology Investigations Unit of the State Police began searching out offenders who were making child porn available to other aficionados of the practice.

Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa characterized the digital child pornography as "vile" in a press conference held in Hamilton, near the Trenton state capitol.

"I won't mince words. The videos are largely the rape of young children," Chisea said. 

These files show pre-pubescent boys and girls being sexually molested by being penetrated, or by being coerced into performing sexual acts on themselves, or others, the Attorney General said.

One of the other suspects picked up in the sting was Stephen Rainone, 27 of South Amboy. Rainone is listed on the state’s sex offender Internet registry as a Tier 2 offender for sexual assault of girls under 13 years of age.

The 25 defendants came from all walks of life, Chisea said. Five of those arrested had direct contact with young children, including two defendants who are alleged to be regular babysitters. 

Four were in the country illegally, with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) being involved in processing their arrests.

The one thing they all had in common was the possession and intention of distributing kiddie porn, Chiesa said.

The pornography was distributed through emails and online file sharing networks. In addition to videos involving child abuse, detectives also discovered disturbing sexually explicit videos portraying necrophilia and bestiality during the searches. 

Working with law enforcement partners in the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, Operation Ever Vigilant integrated more than 50 troopers, agents, detectives and officers from dozens of law enforcement agencies, as well as county prosecutor's offices.  The task force executed a total of 25 search warrants in 25 different towns across the state, the AG's office said.

Heidi February 28, 2013 at 01:30 AM
"making child porn available to other aficionados of the practice." This needs an immediate re-write. It is highly offensive to call these criminals "aficionados."
Chris Mahler February 28, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Isn't aficionados used to discribe the finer things in life? I hardly believe kiddie porn can be associated with the finer aspects of life. I think deviant or maladjusted loser is a more accurate term. Also why do you have a picture of frankenstein at the bottom of the page?
josh hamilton February 28, 2013 at 02:14 PM
You yuppy Lawrenceville people would complain if this writer guy called him a scumbag, which he is, so stop complaining about wording. Come to Florida where I live and we'll feed him to the gators.
Josh Hamilton jr. February 28, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Josh, dont feel bad that you're from Florida and have no idea what such big words mean. The term does make a giant difference when dealing with the ariticle. it puts molesting a child on the same level as a fine bottle of wine. I can't believe that even you would find that acceptable. Glad to see the education system in flordia is exactly what everyone in America thinks it is.
Sanriobaby March 01, 2013 at 10:28 PM
While I agree that there was a complete misuse of the word, I could care less if the article was written in shorthand, I'm glad to know that these disgusting POS scumbag subhumans got caught. I hope the judge throws the book at all of them, so the REAL JUSTICE can be served behind bars! And Josh Hamilton, Florida has the highest rate of pedophiles in the entire country. Those gators should be obese by now.

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