A Glassboro man was arrested Friday as part of an investigation into a website selling materials related to child sexual abuse, authorities said.
Justin J. Hargrave, 42, is facing a single charge of endangering the welfare of a child after authorities searched his home Friday, according to a statement from the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office.
His arrest is a result of a joint investigation into child exploitation conducted by the office’s High Technology Crimes Unit and the FBI Philadelphia Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Task Force.
The office said an investigation into websites selling materials related to child sexual abuse “led to the identification of Hargrave as a purchaser of this material.”
He was arrested after police raided his home Friday and found evidence that depicted child sexual abuse, the prosecutor’s office said. He was released pending an upcoming court appearance.
In the statement, Acting Prosecutor Christine A. Hoffman noted that children have been more at risk of being abused during the coronavirus pandemic, partly because they may be at home with abusers without the watchful eyes of school officials.
“Additionally, parents are reminded that increased time at home has resulted in children having more time to spend online accessing various social media applications, chat rooms, and gaming platforms which can be exploited by those seeking to establish inappropriate contact with and to harm children,” Hoffman said.