LONGSHOREMAN’S REGISTRATION TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
September 29, 2020
Michael Pipitone, 38, of Red Bank, New Jersey, who has been a longshoreman since 2005, had his Longshoreman Registration temporarily suspended today by the Waterfront Commission, pending an administrative hearing, following his arrest on September 2, 2020 by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office for possession of child pornography.
According to a Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office arrest report, an investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office found that in July 2020, Pipitone was using a computer in his home to download and upload videos and photographs depicting child pornography, including videos of children as young as 3 – 6 years old. Detectives from that office subsequently obtained a search warrant issued by a Monmouth County Superior Court judge for electronic devices in Pipitone’s home. Pursuant to the warrant, detectives seized a number of electronic devices, including Pipitone’s laptop computer. A preliminary search of that laptop computer revealed videos and images of child pornography.
Pipitone was charged by the Prosecutor’s Office with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4(B)(5)(B), a crime of the Second Degree; and Endangering the Welfare of a Child in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4(B)5 (A)III, a crime of the First Degree.
An administrative hearing has been scheduled to determine whether to suspend, cancel or revoke the registration of Pipitone.