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Man Arrested on 1st Degree Child Pornography Charges

February 7, 2020

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and New Jersey State Police Colonel Patrick J. Callahan announce the arrest of Richard Hoffman, 24 years old of Mays Landing, New Jersey, on first degree Child Pornography charges.

This investigation is the result of information received from the September 2018 “Operation Open House” in Toms River, New Jersey which was conducted by the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

During “Operation Open House,” Hoffman was arrested for Luring after chatting with an undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old female. Subsequently, additional victims of Hoffman were identified and another investigation was initiated involving the New Jersey State Police and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. The teenage victim of this investigation resides in the Villas section of Lower Township.

As a result of this investigation, earlier today members of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Hamilton Township Police Department arrested Hoffman at his residence in Mays Landing, New Jersey. Hoffman was charged with Manufacturing Child Pornography, a crime of the first degree; Possession of Child Pornography, a crime of the third; Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the third degree; Criminal Sexual Contact, a crime of the fourth degree; two counts of Sexual Assault, crimes of the second degree; and Witness Tampering, a crime of the third degree. * Hoffman was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending Court proceedings.

Prosecutor Sutherland would like to recognize Homeland Security Investigations, Atlantic City Office; the Hamilton Township Police Department; and the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, for their assistance in this investigation. This investigation is part of the ongoing effort by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the entire New Jersey State Police ICAC Task Force to identify and prosecute those involved in victimizing children.

Prosecutor Sutherland continues to urge the citizens of Cape May County to report any information regarding child exploitation, child abuse, or any criminal activity within the community and that information can be reported anonymously to the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135 or text anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on the anonymous tip.

*Any charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless he is proven guilty.