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New Jersey Firefighter, Town Official Charged in Child Pornography Investigation

DeCarlo is a fire lieutenant in
Bergen County

Noah Cohen, NJ Advance Media Group, Edison, N.J.

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A Bergen County volunteer firefighter who chairs the local planning board downloaded child pornography and engaged in sexually explicit chats with underage girls, authorities said Tuesday.

Angelo J. DeCarlo faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child, possessing and distribution child pornography and promoting obscenity to a minor, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

DeCarlo, of New Milford, is listed as chairman of the borough’s planning board and as a lieutenant with the local fire department.

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Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said detectives served a search warrant at DeCarlo’s home Tuesday as part of an online child pornography investigation.

“The investigation revealed that [DeCarlo] used the Internet to view, download, possess, and share digital files depicting nude and/or sexually explicit prepubescent and pubescent children,” the prosecutor said in a statement.

DeCarlo used online applications to have sexual chats with juveniles, according to authorities.

“Further investigation revealed that during such online conversations, [DeCarlo] obtained nude and/or sexually explicit images of juveniles, sent nude images to the children, and engaged in sexually explicit video chats,” Musella said.

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Authorities asked parents or guardians who discover their children communicated with online screen names “MForFunNJ” or “eagle0680291nm” to call investigators at 201-226-5532.

DeCarlo remained held at the Bergen County Jail as of Tuesday night, according to county sheriff’s office records. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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“The borough is shocked, upset and saddened by this situation,” New Milford Mayor Michael Putrino said in an email Tuesday night. “We are awaiting the final results of the investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutors Office (BCPO) and we will act accordingly. As this is an ongoing criminal investigation, we have no further comment at this time.”

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