Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of JONATHAN ABBASSI (DOB: 12/30/1985; married; emergency management consultant) of Maywood, NJ, on charges of distribution and possession of child pornography. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love.
On Tuesday, November 16, 2021, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at the residence of JONATHAN ABBASSI during a months-long Internet child pornography investigation. The investigation revealed that ABBASSI used the Internet to view, download, possess and distribute more than 1,000 digital depictions of nude and/or sexually explicit prepubescent and pubescent children.
As a result of the investigation, JONATHAN ABBASSI was arrested on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, in Paramus, NJ and charged with one count of first-degree distribution of child pornography, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4(b)5(a)i; and one count of second-degree possession of child pornography, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4(b)5(b)ii. ABBASSI was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.
Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and he would like to thank the Maywood Police Department for its assistance, as well as the Lyndhurst Police Department which participates in the Bergen County Cyber Crimes Task Force.