Brick Township man charged after uploading images of children on messenger app

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BRICK TOWNSHIP, NJ – A Brick Township man has been arrested and charged, according to the Ocean County Prosecutors Office after he allegedly shared lewd images of children on the online messenger app Kik.

Christopher Budelman, 35, of Brick Township, was charged with possession of CASM.

“This investigation was the result of a referral from the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The ICAC Task Force detected that an individual was uploading images of child pornography to the internet using the Kik Messenger App,” Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Bilhimer said. “An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit identified a Kik Messenger user with a Verizon Wireless account as the individual uploading the images of child pornography; that individual was ultimately identified as Budelman.”

As a result of their investigation police seized a desktop computer and a hard drive containing an unidentified number of images.

On Tuesday, Budelman was arrested by Agents from the Department of Homeland Security at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Police did not say where he was traveling to or from at the time of his arrest.