It's been one of the more disturbing and troubling epidemics of the last few years in New Jersey, to say the least, and there's no one size fits all diagnostic as to why men and women engage in the act of creating, distributing, and requesting sexual abuse images and videos of children -- child porn -- and on many occasions, they've been people around or entrusted with the care of a child or children.

We investigated the topic in 2018 in a two-part series speaking with then Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni and then Ocean County Prosecutor Joe Coronato on investigative techniques to track down child predators as well as what legal actions come with this crime and Dr. Ramon Solhkhah who is the chair of psychiatry at Jersey Shore University Medical Center as we spoke on the mind of someone who engages in the kind of behavior.

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Let's diagnose the problem again, see what's transpired and create a think tank of ways to curb and eliminate this online behavior.

In some cases, these people have been found guilty or plead guilty. In other cases, people have been arrested, but have not faced trial. In our judicial system, a defendant is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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NJ arrests 31 accused child predators in Operation 24/7

A roundup of 31 men have been accused of sexually exploiting children online, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced on July 14 while detailing "Operation 24/7."

The suspects “possessed and or distributed videos and images of child sexual abuse, including in many cases videos of young children being raped by adults,” Grewal said.

Chat apps and gaming platforms remain favorite hunting grounds for child predators and even as the pandemic winds down, many children have continued to spend more time online.

State Police received 39% more tips in just the first 6 months of 2021 than they received in the entire year in 2019. The following are suspects charged in "Operation 24/7."

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