James Merna, 46, of Runnemede, was charged with Distribution of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography according to Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Runnemede Police Chief Paul Dailey.

Detectives from the High-Tech Crimes Unit (HTCU) of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office executed a search warrant on January 8, 2019, for James Merna’s residence on 3rd Street off of the Black Horse Pike. An on-site preview of Merna’s laptop led to the above charges being filed against him. Authorities also located numerous digital devices that were taken to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office’s HTCU Forensic Lab to be analyzed.

James Merna was transported to the Runnemede Police Department where he was processed and remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility. Under Criminal Justice Reform rules, the court may order that he be detained without bail or released with conditions.

Members of Homeland Security Investigations – Cherry Hill Office, the Runnemede Police Department, the Zone 5 Critical Incident Team and the New Jersey State Police K9 forensic dog assisted the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office HTCU Detectives on this case.

The investigation is ongoing.

All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Released Tuesday, January 8, 2019.