A Margate man and 24 others have been arrested as part of a statewide operation targeting the possession and distribution of child pornography, including child rape videos.

A news release from the state Attorney General’s Office listed Nil Choudhury, 23, as one of those arrested. The operation took place between Feb. 18-22. The defendants will be prosecuted by the Division of Criminal Justice.

Five of those arrested had direct contact with young children, and one is a registered sex offender. Four of those arrested remain incarcerated for being in the country without legal status.

Choudhury, a 2007 graduate of Atlantic City High School, was not a registered sex offender and had no previous offenses related to sexual crimes, said Lt. Stephen Jones of the New Jersey State Police. Jones declined to comment specifically on Choudhury’s case.

“Anyone who views and distributes child pornography — particularly the type of child rape videos targeted in this operation — puts himself in league with the predators who sexually assault children to create these videos,” Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said. “The children they watch being tortured are violated again by their actions, and these offenders may pose a danger to other children because of their predilections.”

Staff writer Joel Landau contributed to this report.

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