New Jersey EPA Worker Charged for Indecent Photos on Federal Computer

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Using computer to commit a crime in darkness.
Using computer to commit a crime in darkness.

FAIRLAWN, NJ – A New Jersey Environmental Protection Agency worker, according to the Department of Justice had images on his work computer, and it wasn’t pictures of oil spills, clean energy solutions or recent environmental violations.

Instead, federal agents found hundreds of images of child pornography.

John Struble, 63, of Fair Lawn, was charged by complaint with one count of possession of child pornography. He appeared by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre on March 29, 2022.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, “The EPA alerted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, (HSI) that it discovered images of child pornography on a computer that it issued to Struble.”

Court filings who HSI learned that Struble had navigated to websites containing sexual content and viewed child pornography using his EPA computer. HSI located a cache folder containing approximately 100 images constituting child pornography, which Struble had accessed from Fair Lawn using his EPA computer. HSI further determined that Struble accessed the child pornography on his EPA computer using a web browser that was not authorized by the EPA for installation on the computer.