An Egg Harbor Township man was arrested and charged Wednesday, June 10 with dissemination of child pornography and possession of hollow-point ammunition after illegal images were traced to his home computer, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel said.
It is alleged that Steven Chalakee, 22, used LimeWire, an Internet program that allows the sharing of files between users, to make numerous images and videos of child pornography available to other users. Members of the Oklahoma City office of the FBI initiated the four-month investigation.
The FBI contacted the Prosecutor’s Office where the transmissions were traced to Chalakee’s home in the 6500 block of Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township.
Authorities executed a search warrant June 10 and seized a computer and various other items believed to be related to the alleged crimes. They also seized multiple firearms and hollow-point bullets, ammunition prohibited in the state.
Chalakee is employed at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority in Egg Harbor Township as a trash collector. He is also a volunteer firefighter in Egg Harbor Township, according to a release from the Prosecutor’s Office.
The suspect was at work at the time law enforcement searched his residence. Members of the Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit approached Chalakee at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 while he was on a waste disposal truck in Ventnor. He was arrested without incident.
The dissemination of child pornography is a second-degree crime, which carries a prison term of up to 10 years.