An Absecon man is the latest in a recent string of people to be arrested and charged with the distribution of child sexual abuse images and videos on a social messaging app.

According to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, 41-year-old Stephen T. Costello of Absecon was arrested without incident and detained at the Atlantic County Justice Facility.

The crimes of Costello came to light when Prosecutor William Reynolds said that, "the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a referral of inappropriate content distributed on the social media file sharing application KIK."

A tip led to law enforcement identifying Costello as the man allegedly committing this particular set of crimes.

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Reynolds' office says Costello distributed more than 1,000 child porn videos and images.

He has been charged with a first-degree offense in reference to the distribution of child abuse images via a social messaging service and with second-degree possession of child abuse images.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

NJ arrests 31 accused child predators in Operation 24/7

A roundup of 31 men have been accused of sexually exploiting children online, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced on July 14 while detailing "Operation 24/7."

The suspects “possessed and or distributed videos and images of child sexual abuse, including in many cases videos of young children being raped by adults,” Grewal said.

Chat apps and gaming platforms remain favorite hunting grounds for child predators and even as the pandemic winds down, many children have continued to spend more time online.

State Police received 39% more tips in just the first 6 months of 2021 than they received in the entire year in 2019. The following are suspects charged in "Operation 24/7."

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