NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Livingston Police Chief Craig M. Handschuch announced Sept. 20 that John Coulouris, 18, of Hackensack has been arrested and charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child by distributing child pornography, invasion of privacy, terroristic threats and two counts of cyber harassment.
Coulouris was arrested Sept. 19 at his home by detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
He is accused of posting messages on various social media platforms threatening violence in Livingston on or about Sept. 6. Those threats were never carried out.
He is currently being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility. Bail was set at $175,000, no 10-percent option, by Superior Court Judge Michael L. Ravin.
The matter came to the attention of the Livingston Police Department when concerned citizens reported the postings on various social media networks.
Additional charges may be forthcoming. The investigation is active and ongoing.
Coulouris faces five to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison if found guilty of the charges.
These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they enter a guilty plea or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Anyone with additional information should contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-847-7432.