Paterson Man Charged with Multiple Counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child

Passaic County authorities recently arrested a Paterson man who is now facing serious sex charges after they allegedly discovered hundreds of illicit child pornographic images in his residence.

The investigation into 27-year-old Paterson resident Raul Alarcon was initiated after Passaic County authorities received a tip from members of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. According to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik, further probing into Alarcon’s activities revealed that he was distributing child pornography from his personal computers.

A search of Alarcon’s Fair Street home reportedly resulted in the discovery of over 100 child pornographic images, after which he was charged with multiple counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Specifically, Alarcon is charged with possession and distribution of child pornography, but these offenses are subsumed under the endangering” statute.

Under New Jersey law, endangering offenses may result in a term of incarceration, as well mandatory sex offender registration per the terms of the State’s Megan’s Law. Sex offender registration can follow a defendant long after they complete their prison sentence, and may negatively impact their employment and other opportunities going forward. Considering the severe implications of offenses like these, it is highly advisable to consult with knowledgeable legal counsel before appearing in court.

For additional information related to this case, access the following article: Man charged with distributing child porn from Paterson home