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Jacob Schwartz, 29, allegedly had more than 3,000 images of girls as young as 6 months old.
A New York City employee was arrested on child porn charges.
City employee Jacob Schwartz, 29, was arrested on child porn charges Thursday and is “already in therapy,” his father said. (LinkedIn)

Update, May 27, 2:58 p.m.: A city employee who was arrested on child pornography charges is no longer associated with the organization for young Democrats he had been president of. 

Jacob Schwartz, 29, was arrested Thursday for allegedly having dozens of videos and more than 3,000 photos of nude girls as young as 6 months old on his laptop. According to his LinkedIn profile, Schwartz works as a data analyst for the city's Department of Design and Construction and was president of the Manhattan Young Democrats. 

"The Manhattan Young Democrats are shocked by recent reports of criminal allegations against one of our members. The individual is no longer a member of the board, and an interim president is now in place," the group said in a statement Friday night. "MYD maintains a deep and abiding respect for our judicial system, and the sacred principle that individuals are innocent until proven guilty, but the nature of these accusations required us to take immediate action.

"While the allegations are deeply upsetting, MYD is committed to continuing our work. We have a longstanding tradition of activating, educating and empowering young progressives to take action on the issues that matter most to them, and MYD will continue to work toward that."

Original story, May 26, 3:25 p.m.: A New York City employee who is also a leader among its young Democratic community was arrested on child pornography charges, according to court documents cited by the New York Post on Friday.

Jacob Schwartz, 29, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court Thursday night for allegedly having 89 videos and more than 3,000 photos of girls as young as 6 months old on his laptop.

He was charged with promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing a sexual performance by a child under 16, both of which are felonies. He was released on $7,500 bail.

Schwartz, who turned himself in on Thursday morning, had given the NYPD his computer and written consent to search it on March 29. He has been under investigation ever since, court papers said.

According to the documents, the images found on his device showed “young nude females between the approximate ages of 6 months and 16, engaging in sexual conduct … on an adult male.”

“He’s already in therapy for this,” Schwartz’s father, Arthur, a labor lawyer who is also active in the city’s Democratic community, told the Post. “I understand these are serious charges.”

Since June 2016, the younger Schwartz has been the acting deputy data director for the city’s Department of Design and Construction and is the lead project analyst for its Hurricane Sandy recovery and resiliency program, his LinkedIn profile said.

His profile also indicated he is the president of the Manhattan Young Democrats, downstate vice president of the New York State Young Democrats and founder and executive director of Common Climate. 

 
 
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