Former aide to Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie, Kevin Tomafsky, was arrested last month after allegedly receiving a photograph of a six-year-old girl being sexually abused. The arrest came after an investigation was launched in October 2022 when Snapchat reported child sex abuse content being uploaded to the platform. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) then contacted the Gloucester County Prosecutor's office, who reviewed the content and alleged that Tomafsky had received a photo of the young girl being sexually abused. A search warrant was executed at Tomafsky's home in December 2022, where authorities found fewer than 1,000 items of child sexual abuse materials on his devices.
Tomafsky, 41, is facing multiple child sex abuse charges, including engaging in sexual conduct with a child, conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a child, permitting a child to engage in pornography, and possession of child pornography. Another individual, identified as Tomafsky's father according to three sources, has also been charged in the case on six criminal accounts, including sexual penetration of the six-year-old and photographing a child engaging in a sex act.
Tomafsky had a history of working in politics, having been hired by Christie in 2010 to work in the governor's office. He served in various roles within Christie's team until 2012, including managing surrogates who represented Christie at events. After leaving the governor's office, Tomafsky was hired as a government and community relations representative at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, with the assistance of Christie's office. He had been working in an unspecified state government job until his resignation on Friday.
Tomafsky is currently being held at the Salem County Correctional Facility in Mannington Township, New Jersey. Chris Christie's campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the matter.
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