Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that Lisa Cuervo, 24, of Point Pleasant, has been charged with Possession of Child Pornography in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4b(5)iii.
This investigation was the result of a referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children through the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which identified a suspect in Point Pleasant as possessing child pornography. On July 24, 2020, Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit and Point Pleasant Borough Police Department executed a search warrant on the suspect’s residence in Point Pleasant. As a result, Detectives seized a smart phone belonging to Cuervo which contained child pornography. During the course of executing the search warrant, Detectives also seized approximately 17 marijuana plants and assorted drug paraphernalia. As such, Cuervo was additionally charged with Manufacturing More than Ten but Less than Fifty Marijuana Plants in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5(b)10(b). Cuervo was also charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a(2), based upon the fact that her minor child living in the residence had access to the illegal plants and drug paraphernalia. Cuervo was processed at the Point Pleasant Borough Police Department and transported to the Ocean County Jail where she is currently lodged pending a detention hearing.
Prosecutor Billhimer would like to acknowledge the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Point Pleasant Borough Police Department, New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, for their collaborative assistance in this investigation leading to Cuervo’s arrest.
The press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law