NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A New York City employee who is also a Democratic activist was arrested on child pornography charges this week.
Police said Jacob Schwartz, 29, had thousands of images on his computer – some with children just 6 months old.
Schwartz spent the last two years working in the Department of Design and Construction, and he is also president of the Manhattan Young Democrats.
Police said Schwartz handed over his computer to the NYPD Computer Crimes Squad on Thursday and was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.
Schwartz had no connection to the Mayor’s office or to City Hall, a spokeswoman said.
“Obviously, these are extremely serious allegations. This is a junior-level agency employee with no connection to the Mayor or City Hall,” Mayor’s Office Deputy Press Secretary Melissa Grace said in a statement. “He is being terminated immediately, and the agency is cooperating with investigators.”
City Hall said Schwartz was hired as a temporary computer programmer analyst in May 2015. His access to the Department of Design and Construction or any city office, and to work computers and emails, was immediately cut.