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Springfield Man Among 25 Arrested in Child Porn Sting

Frank Fiorelli, 61, was charged with possessing and distributing child pornography.

This release was provided by the State Office of the Attorney General.

Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa today announced the arrests of 24 men and one male juvenile in the latest operation aimed at the possession and distribution of child pornography, including child rape videos.  Flanked by Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the State Police, and Deputy Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice, the Attorney General outlined the results of the collaborative effort dubbed Operation Ever Vigilant.

The Digital Technology Investigations Unit of the State Police began the investigation approximately three months ago by searching for New Jersey residents who were making child pornography, including child rape videos, available to others.  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. 

Working with law enforcement partners in the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, multi-agency teams swept across New Jersey between February 18th and 22nd to make the majority of the arrests.  The charged defendants come from all walks of life, but each was found to be in possession of multiple sexually explicit videos of young children, which they had made available to others. 

 “Anyone who views and distributes child pornography – particularly the type of child rape videos targeted in this operation – puts himself in league with the predators who sexually assault children to create these videos,” said Attorney General Chiesa. “The children they watch being tortured are violated again by their actions, and these offenders may pose a danger to other children because of their predilections.  We will remain ever vigilant to stop this predatory behavior against children.”

“Everyone sitting in the seclusion of their darkened homes viewing child rape videos has victimized these innocents by creating the market for this disgusting material.  There’s no room for them to say, ‘I haven’t hurt anyone,’” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.  “With our partners, we will continue to uncover this behavior, and arrest all those involved.”

“This type of crime – committed against children, who obviously cannot defend themselves – commands forceful action from law enforcement,” said Elie Honig, Deputy Director of the Division of Criminal Justice. “The Division of Criminal Justice will continue to work with the State Police to arrest offenders who are involved in this exploitation, and to prosecute them to the full extent of the law.”

The charges stemming from Operation Ever Vigilant will be prosecuted by the Division of Criminal Justice.

Five of those arrested had direct contact with young children, including two defendants who are alleged to be regular babysitters.  Another defendant is a registered sex offender. Stephen Rainone, of South Amboy, 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.  Defendant Brent Ailiff of West Berlin remains in jail on $100,000 cash bail.  A field preview of Ailiff’s digital storage media revealed hundreds of child pornography files.  Four of those arrested remain incarcerated on detainers for being in the country without legal status.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents assisted in the processing of these subjects.

These videos and images are passed back and forth among users through emails and by way of file sharing networks.  The networks operate the same way as websites used for privately sharing music or movies.  Those in possession of the illegal images often make them available on computers that they control for others to download.  Because many of these videos and photos keep recirculating, they make perpetual victims of the children abused in the production of child pornography.

In addition to videos involving child abuse, detectives also discovered disturbing sexually explicit videos portraying necrophilia and bestiality during the searches.

Operation Ever Vigilant seamlessly integrated more than 50 troopers, agents, detectives and officers from dozens of law enforcement agencies.  The task force executed a total of 25 search warrants in 25 different towns across the state.  All of the warrant entries were made by the NJSP T.E.A.M.S. Unit, which is a tactical operations group similar to SWAT.  The affiant for the search and arrest warrants was Detective Chris Camm of the State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit.

The Evidence Management Unit helped catalog the large amount of mostly computer-related evidence.  All of the investigations are still considered ongoing since computer media seized as evidence have been turned over to the New Jersey Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (RCFL) for a thorough examination.  This lab, located in the Technical Center in Hamilton, is a partnership with the FBI and is staffed with personnel from several different agencies including the NJSP.  The RCFL works on computer evidence from New Jersey and surrounding states.

The agencies participating in Operation Ever Vigilant are:

County Prosecutor’s Offices

            Bergen

            Burlington

            Camden

            Cumberland

            Gloucester

            Mercer

            Middlesex

            Monmouth

            Morris

            Ocean

            Passaic

Somerset (and Sheriff’s Office)

State agencies

            State Police

            Division of Criminal Justice

            Parole Board

Local agencies

            West Long Branch PD

            Voorhees PD

            Woodbridge PD

            And local police departments from the towns in which the defendants reside

The U.S. Postal Service also provided valuable support in this operation.

Below is a list of those arrested during Operation Ever Vigilant.  Each was charged with 2nd Degree Distribution of Child Pornography and 4th Degree Possession of Child Pornography:

Stephen Rainone, 27, South Amboy, Middlesex County

Louis Cedeno, 46, Palisades Park, Bergen County

David Laidlaw, 36, Hillsdale, Bergen County

Ernest Okhtenberg, 39, Fair Lawn, Bergen County

Michael Suscreba, 66, Clifton, Passaic County

Nil Choudhury, 23, Margate City, Atlantic County

James Engle, 28, Budd Lake, Morris, County

Albert Femiano, 30, Clark, Union County

Frank Fiorelli, 61, Springfield, Union County

Joseph Lorz, 26, Bergenfield, Bergen County

Jose Oswaldo, 39, Fairview, Bergen County

Alfred Bakewell, 64, Sicklerville, Camden County

Moses Garcia, 25, Perth Amboy, Middlesex County

Jose Holguin, 59, Fords, Middlesex County

Alexander Ramirez, 36, North Plainfield, Somerset County

Brent Ailiff, 38, West Berlin, Camden County

Steven Anan, 52, Neptune City, Monmouth County

Ryan Bronchella, 34, Clementon, Camden County

Christopher Brondi, 57, Rumson, Monmouth County

Manuel Sanchez-Olivarez, 37, Red Bank, Monmouth County

Duane Bell, 43, Lawrence, Mercer County

Giovanni Jimenez, 37, Trenton, Mercer County

William Payton II, 20, Mount Holly, Burlington County

Frank Sysk II, 19, Browns Mills, Burlington County

Male juvenile, 17, Cherry Hill, Camden County

 

The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Because the charges are indictable offenses, they will be presented to a state grand jury for potential indictment.

qwerty07081 February 27, 2013 at 05:46 PM
I think he might have been more than just a resident of Springfield, but also a former Captain in the Fire Department that recently retired. I am not sure how many Frank Fiorelli's there are, but to have two of retirement age in Springfield is some coincidence. Also, it appears he may have "tripped" when he was getting arrested to sustain those bruises on his face.
j February 27, 2013 at 05:51 PM
tripped?! to sustain injuries like that is clearly police brutality THANK YOU NJ STATE POLICE
Fred726 February 27, 2013 at 06:15 PM
I got news for you, no one ends up on that list "by mistake'. That little scratch is the least of what he deserves.
j February 27, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Fred, first, you judging people shows your character and how low of a human being you are. second, this is what the court system is for- to protect people who are innocent; however people like you think your mind is your own justice system. you are horribly wrong and judging and making accusations before knowing the truth is your weakness and biggest flaw. I suggest you keep your mouth closed until every single person is proven guilty of the crime they are charged. keep your opinions to yourself until you know the facts especially when it comes it you describing how someone in this situation deserves more physical pain inflicted upon them. I appreciate your concern for the children BUT KNOW THE FACTS BEFORE YOU JUDGE.
Fred726 February 27, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Listen Chief, you're obviously a somewhat bitter that your buddy got popped in a child porn sting. Just a FYI, pedophiles typically dont advertise to family, friends and neighbors that they are pedophiles so I understand your disappointment. That's a touching story about your Navy days but you can run the records on these stings and the majority end up in convictions. The "pop up window theory" is further debunked by the article stating "these videos and images are passed back and forth among users through emails and by way of file sharing networks". I guess he accidently got on a child porn email chain? I guess he "accidently" got on a child porn email chain and forwarded to people to avoid the 7 years bad luck that it threatens at the end of all email chains? Sorry I dont sympathize with pedophiles. If you look online at the other "suspects" none of them got peppered up. I can only deduce that he put up a fight which isnt what is recommended when the police come knocking.
STW February 27, 2013 at 07:33 PM
The article stated THE FACTS and Fred was merely reading THE FACTS and commenting on them. The police spend hundreds of hours investigating these people for this sting and I highly doubt it was a big mistake. They don't ruin someone's reputation like the BY MISTAKE. Instead of ripping Fred a new one for voicing his opinion, maybe you should go rip the person who wrote this article a new one, since obviously you think they are mistaken and have the wrong FACTS. Thanks.
Frank The Tank February 27, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Yes, that is correct. He was a career fire Capitan on the Springfield FD, he is a paramedic and was a member of the Union County CERT/SWAT team. He does own firearms and was likely considered a very high risk arrest. Any resistance was probably met with some serious force.
Fred726 February 27, 2013 at 07:48 PM
I am low human being? Lower then the list of people arrested during Operation Ever Vigilant. Each was charged with 2nd Degree Distribution of Child Pornography and 4th Degree Possession of Child Pornography and I am lower than that? This is a free country and I am of the opinion that the majority of the time mistakes dont happen in these sweeps. Its linked to an IP address and videos and files are shared and downloaded from that address. They track these things for months, its not a knee jerk kick in the door raid. I got news for you because you are obviously blinded by the slim chance of misjustice but 99% of sane beople who read this article say to themselves "sick bastards, they deserve what they get" NOT I really need to focus on the fact that they are mearly arrested for child porn and not convicted of child porn, I will not make judgement until they have their day in court because as Americans we all innocent until proven guilty.
Frank The Tank February 27, 2013 at 07:54 PM
I have known him as well, and I am equally as shocked. I hope this is some mistake, BUT from what I read in the article, they do a field examination of the computers and evidence is confirmed on the spot. Computer forensics is an exact science these days and they can tell when you are on your PC, what you do and how you do it. They see your emals, when you recieved the material, if you sent it to someone else, if you watched the videos, how many times, etc etc. This is on the computer level, not the router, so you cant claim someone was using your WiFi. There are also VERY sketchcircumstanceses surrounding his retirement" from the FD. Other articles seem to suggest something was known as much as several months ago, when he submitted his retirement papers. the town council had a closed door session to discuss "Frank Fiorelli" as a matter of fact. springfielder.com has more details on this.
Frank The Tank February 27, 2013 at 07:55 PM
He does own firearms and was likely considered a very high risk arrest. Any resistance was probably met with some serious force.
j February 27, 2013 at 07:59 PM
what an article states is not solid proof and evidence of what actually occurred; HENCE A TRIAL AND JUSTICE SYSTEM. when commenting includes how he should have gotten more than a scratch, that's unwarranted because FRED OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT KNOW THE FACTS and is making assumptions of this person, thus MAKING YOU A LOW HUMAN BEING. Fred does not know how programs like these work clearly because anyone can download anything and have no idea what it is that's the Internet for you.
Fred726 February 27, 2013 at 08:09 PM
NavyCTT2, Listen Ace, you are delusional. You wrote :" I know this person and I can assure you that he is not attracted to children as YOU claim. " I claim? I claim? Really? I woke up this morning and started claiming random people are pedophiles? You are right. I need to chill out. I hope he gets what he has coming to him and if he is wrongly accussed then I will personally go to his house and apologize.
j February 27, 2013 at 08:10 PM
by the way, you can't say what one person did is the exact of what another did- there were 24 others and this is all being combined to one so they are generalizing
Fred726 February 27, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Well OBVIOUSLY, you clearly "know the facts" and clearly are in the know on "how programs like this work" . Again my error
Fred726 February 27, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Listen Boss.....As a medical diagnosis, pedophilia, or paedophilia, is a psychiatric disorder in persons 16 years of age or older typically characterized by a primary or exclusive sexual interest toward prepubescent children (generally age 11 years or younger, though specific diagnosis criteria for the disorder extends the cut-off point for prepubescence to age 13).
Fred726 February 27, 2013 at 08:42 PM
You are right. This all has to be a misunderstanding.
Fred726 February 27, 2013 at 08:47 PM
No doubt, Fella.
Frank The Tank February 27, 2013 at 08:54 PM
NavyCTT2. Your description of how computer IP adressing works (Quote: "has to do with the program linked in with the IP address in the CPU") proves you actually no nothing about computers or basic networking and you certianly know nothing about computer forensics.
gcie56 February 27, 2013 at 09:57 PM
just because he made a comment or an assumption does not make a person a low human being. You could have said let's wait for the trial, then judge. You are making accusitions too when saying that about someone.
Big U February 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM
I'm sure since this guy is your friend there is no chance he did it. I'm sure all charges have been dropped if they read these posts based on your opinions of your "alleged" pedophile buddy. Are you kidding me?? Fred hit it right on. Doctors, lawyers and judges have been caught up in this kind of sick stuff, it happens. They are all considered scum of the earth. Sorry that its your buddy. My suggestion to you is stay off the internet if you don't want to read what people have to say about it. But it doesn't give you the right to blast people for their opinion. What makes your opinion better than anyone else's? My guess is everyone except pedophiles and a couple of his friends feel the same as you, the rest of us have every right to feel angry and want to call these people the lowest possible names imaginable.
Princess Valiant February 28, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Fred726, I completely agree with you. The arrests were not based on 'assumptions' by law enforcement and investigative agencies. This was a huge, thorough investigation. Was there one person that was arrested 'more' responsible than another, maybe. But, at the end of the day, they were all involved. Scary and scummy. J, you view the world through rose-colored glasses. Innocent until proven guilty? That's the American way, I'll stand by that. However, that theory doesn't look so good based on info given to the public and we will NEVER know the full extent of what went on. Children, children were hurt.
Scott February 28, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Does anyone know where this guy lives and can inform the people of Springfield so those of us with small children can be aware?
Fred726 February 28, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Scott, Google his name and Springfield. He lives disturbingly close to the schools.
Scott February 28, 2013 at 04:18 PM
604 South Springfield Avenue - I answered my own question.
Allen S Yanow February 28, 2013 at 04:54 PM
I wish you wouldnt have posted his address on this page, I live on south springfield and the news crews are already creating unwanted attention in my neighborhood... I just dont want anyone doing something in the area as a form of retaliation that could possibly endanger the neighbors and students of FMG and Sandmeir. I know anyone can look it up as you did Scott. But this just worries me.. In more ways than just that.
MJ March 01, 2013 at 12:14 PM
I agree with innocent until proven guilty but when they all are proven guilty and the go to jail, everybody knows what happens to those type of people in jail taht hurt kids, they will get theres.

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