A Keansburg man faces 10-years in prison after being found guilty of gathering a deplorable amount of child porn for months and then storing it on several electronic devices, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago.

When investigators searched the Manning Place home of 34-year old Jose Gabe Veras in February of 2020, they found more than 1,000 child sexual abuse material items on multiple electronic devices.

Prison cell at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media New Jersey)
Prison cell at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media New Jersey)
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It led to his immediate arrest and charge of second-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for gathering child porn between July of 2019 and February of 2020 which resulted in an indictment in October of 2021 and a guilty verdict handed down by a Monmouth County jury here in 2023.

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Veras will remain in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold Township until his sentencing in May which could lead to 10-years in prison.

Prison cells at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media New Jersey)
Prison cells at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media New Jersey)
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The investigation was by the Monmouth County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the New Jersey Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory after they got a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Prison door at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media New Jersey)
Prison door at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media New Jersey)
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Prosecutor Santiago said that Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Joseph Competello and Joshua Carmel handled the prosecution and that Veras was represented by George J. Mardinly, Esq., with an office in Red Bank.

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