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Screen Shot 2017-01-08 at 18.25.01For Immediate Release – February 2, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey - Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana announce the arrest of 48-year-old Kathryn Gaines and 51-year-old Paul Harker, of the 100 Block of Beachhurst Drive, North Cape May, New Jersey.

This investigation stemmed from a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), CyberTip that revealed an unknown subject possessed images of suspected Child Pornography on a home computer.

This investigation resulted in the execution of a Court authorized search warrant on January 30, 2018, at the above residence in North Cape May, New Jersey by members of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the New Jersey State Police, and the Lower Township Police Department. Several computers and hard copies of images at the residence were seized as evidence. Several child pornography images were also located at the time of the search.

As a result of the investigation, Gaines and Harker were arrested on January 30, 2018. Gaines was charged with Possession of Child Pornography (Crime of the Third Degree) and Distribution of Child Pornography (Crime of the Second Degree). Harker was charged with Possession of Child Pornography (Crime of the Third Degree). Both parties were charged, processed, and released on a summons pending Court proceedings.

Prosecutor Sutherland would like to recognize the Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-Division), the New Jersey State Police (Digital Technology Unit) and the Lower Township Police Department, for their assistance in this investigation.

Prosecutor Sutherland advises that individuals charged with a second degree crime are subject to a term of imprisonment of five to ten years in New Jersey State Prison, and individuals charged

with a third degree crime are subject to a term of imprisonment of three to five years in New Jersey State Prison. This investigation is part of the ongoing effort by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the (ICAC) Task Force, to identify those individuals involved in the child pornography trade.

Prosecutor Sutherland continues to urge the citizens of Cape May County to report any information regarding child exploitation or any criminal activity within the community and that information can be reported anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800 or 877-465-2801, or to the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135.

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