West Milford man charged with sexual assault and exploitation of a minor

West Milford. Authorities said the child victim met the defendant on the internet and utilized a messaging application to communicate with him.

20 Jul 2020 | 05:31

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik have announced the arrest of 28-year-old West Milford man, who is charged with ten counts involving the sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a minor child whom he met on the internet.

After an initial investigation was commenced by the New York State Police, detectives from the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force assumed the investigation with assistance from West Milford Police.

According to the press release from the county prosecutor and sheriff, detectives learned that the child victim met Tekanand V. Singh on the internet and utilized a messaging application to communicate with him.

During the course of their exchange, authorities said Singh directed the victim to send him sexually explicit images and videos.

He further requested the victim engage in sexual acts which he instructed should be recorded and sent to him.

Singh also sent the victim photographs of himself.

Authorities said all images were obtained by law enforcement.

The charges

Singh was charged with:

First-degree manufacturing of child pornography, which carries a maximum term of 20 years in New Jersey State Prison with 85 percent of the term to be served before parole eligibility;

Second-degree distribution of child pornography and second-degree maintaining child pornography and second-degree luring, each of which carry a maximum term of ten years in prison;

Third-degree possession of child pornography, third-degree distribution of obscene material to a child, third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree criminal coercion, all of which carry a maximum term of five years in prison; and

Fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, which carries a maximum term of 18 months in prison.

The state has filed a motion for the pretrial detention of Singh, which will be heard by a Superior Court Judge.