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FBI Arrests Hillsdale (NJ) Man on Child Pornography Production and Distribution Charges
Department of Justice ^ | May 12, 2009 | FBI Newark

Posted on 05/12/2009 4:07:16 PM PDT by Larry381

NEWARK, NJ—Special Agent In Charge Weysan Dun announced the arrest of Thomas M. Elgert, age 66, of 71 Parkview Drive, Hillsdale, New Jersey, on two counts of attempted sexual exploitation of children (production of child pornography) and four counts of distribution of child pornography. Elgert is a self-employed consultant for an engineering company.

According to the criminal complaint, this case began in Helena, Montana in early March of this year when an online undercover FBI agent assumed the identity of a known child pornographer already in custody. The agent, in the undercover role, was contacted by Elgert who requested pictures of a specific girl. Elgert allegedly asked the undercover agent to film “another” video of the girl stating, “I am sure she won’t mind hehehe.” The following month, Elgert allegedly sent the undercover agent 153 image files, many of which were pornographic. The criminal complaint indicates that at least nine of those images contained children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Elgert persisted with his request about the specific female victim he asked about in March, expressing an interest in seeing her naked and wanting to send naked images of himself to her.

According to the criminal complaint, on April 14, 2009, Elgert allegedly sent the undercover agent six files containing images of a naked adult male. In the online conversation, Elgert bragged about having images of a grandfather and his 8-year-old grandchild and hoped to get more pictures of them engaged in sexual acts, according to the complaint. Elgert subsequently sent the undercover agent nine explicit images of children engaged in sexual poses. In one of the images, the child was tied with rope. During this same chat session, Elgert allegedly gave instructions to the undercover agent to take pictures of his or her own children in specific sexual poses and mail them to Elgert.

On April 20, 2009, a Helena Police Department detective assumed the role of another known child pornographer who was then in custody. According to the complaint, Elgert had been referred to the undercover detective’s online identity by the undercover agent’s online identity. Elgert allegedly asked the undercover detective for pictures of the undercover agent’s daughters and would be willing to share. A few days later, Elgert allegedly sent the undercover detective three video files. At least one of these files contained what law enforcement believes to be videos of children engaged in explicit conduct. Elgert indicated he lived in New Jersey and would like to join the undercover detective in having sex with his two children, ages 8 and 10. Furthermore, Elgert allegedly requested pictures of the undercover detective having sex with his two children and specifically asked for the family pet to participate.

“The charges against Mr. Elgert are beyond reproach,” remarked Weysan Dun, Special Agent In Charge of the FBI’s Newark Field Office. “To go as far as directing other parents—people whom Elgert has never met, to abuse their own children in specific ways for his own gratification demonstrates an evil within Mr. Elgert that is pervasive and frightening. The criminal complaint quoted statements allegedly made by Mr. Elgert that are truly disgusting. Sadly, this behavior is commonplace and acceptable in this dark underground world where children are objects and morality and conscience do not exist.”

Law enforcement has developed information leading them to believe Elgert has possibly molested children in the past. The FBI is asking the public for help: “Anyone with specific information about any contact Elgert may have had with children is encouraged to call the FBI at (973) 792-3000” said Dun. “Anyone with information about crimes occurring online should visit to report them.”

Elgert is scheduled for an initial appearance today before the Honorable Michael Shipp, United States Magistrate Judge in the District of New Jersey. If convicted, Elgert faces between 15 and 30 years in federal prison. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This investigation is ongoing.

Special Agent in Charge Weysan Dun is grateful to the Newark FBI agents of the Innocent Images group as well as the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (MTICAC), to include the Salt Lake City, Helena, Montana Resident Agency of the FBI and the Helena, Montana Police Department. Additional thanks goes to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Hillsdale, New Jersey Police Department for their assistance in this matter.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: childpornography; fbi; pedophile

1 posted on 05/12/2009 4:07:16 PM PDT by Larry381
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To: Larry381

Ever notice a lot of these sickos are older guys?

2 posted on 05/12/2009 4:08:22 PM PDT by Larry381 ("in the final instance civilization is always saved by a platoon of soldiers" Oswald Spengler)
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To: Larry381

They come in all ages and genders.

The adult men are much easier to convict.

3 posted on 05/12/2009 4:21:33 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Larry381

The way our society is going, in ten years the sexual exploitation of children will be politically correct and protected. Speaking out against it will be a serious “hate crime.”

4 posted on 05/12/2009 5:01:12 PM PDT by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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To: Wilhelm Tell

Gov enforced child molestation would bring a rapid return of the vigilante, and I don’t think being a state sponsored pedophile would be a very safe occupation.

I’m not disagreeing with what you say, just pointing out that not everyone would sit quietly by.

5 posted on 05/12/2009 5:20:27 PM PDT by Troy McGreggor
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To: Troy McGreggor

You know what, maybe I’m wrong. I just tabbed over to an abortion thread, and it made me think...If we can tolerate baby butchering, I guess we’d learn to tolerate baby molestation as well. St. George, Jesus, Cthulhu, anyone’s time to come back.

6 posted on 05/12/2009 5:22:54 PM PDT by Troy McGreggor
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