New Jersey man sharing child abuse and child exploitation images online released under the NJ Bail Reform Act
Hammonton, NJ – Robert J. Houck, 41, was taken into custody after a month long investigation that led authorities to discover that Houck was sharing child abuse and child exploitation charges online using the BitTorrent – a peer-to-peer sharing network.
Houck, a communications technician, was charged with possession and distribution of child abuse images by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.
Houck was quicklly released and FREE TO GO under NJ Bail Reform after the Arnold Foundation’s “Pretrial Risk Assessment” tool determined he was not a danger to the community or a flight risk and therefore should not be subject to any accountable release – just a “promise” to appear.
The release is yet another example of the thousands of unaccountable and FREE TO GO pretrial releases of those criminally charged under the NJ Bail Reform Act.
Demand more accountability for criminal defendants…
More “validated pretrial risk assessment” Failures.
New Jersey Bail Reform, Risk Assessments, and Pretrial Release Services…
ZERO concern for victims
ZERO Bail…just a “pinky promise” to return
Bail Reform – Dangerous, Reckless, and a Taxpayer Burden
(NJ.com – May 18, 2018)
A Hammonton man allegedly distributed images of child abuse and child exploitation online via a peer-to-peer file sharing network, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office announced.
The arrest of Robert J. Houck, 41, followed a month-long investigation into distribution of child abuse images on BitTorrent, authorities said.
Houck, a U.S. Navy veteran who works as a communications technician for a government contractor, was charged with possession and distribution of the images and storing or maintaining the images using a file-sharing program.
Hammonton Municipal Court Judge Frank Raso found probable cause to issue arrest warrants for Houck and he was charged Tuesday.
He was released from jail Wednesday and is due in court June 25 for a pre-indictment conference, officials said.
You’re being lied to…
Unaccountable pretrial release is reckless and dangerous – with zero regard for victims or criminal accountability.