A 37-year-old man from Egg Harbor Township was arrested Monday for allegedly distributing and possessing child pornography over the Internet.

Thomas Ballard was arrested by detectives at his home following the execution of a search warrant. Investigators seized two computers and several cell phones that were alleged to belong to him. He was charged with second-degree distribution of child pornography, third-degree possession of child pornography, and fourth-degree tampering with evidence.

According to a press release, Ballard first came to the attention of law enforcement back in 2010 when he was allegedly discovered to be posting a large number of comments on a website that is known to be used by those interested child pornography. It is alleged that between October, 2013, and March, 2014, Ballard had been sending child pornography images and videos via email and had distributed more than 3,000 files depicting sexual exploitation of children. Several of the files show prepubescent girls being bound and tortured with knives pointed at them.

Numerous state, county, and local law enforcement agencies participated in the arrest and search.