Child porn suspect wanted by state, Northampton, federal authorities captured in NJ

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A child pornography suspect wanted by State Police, Northampton police and Federal authorities was arrested in New Jersey and taken into custody Thursday afternoon.

State Police spokesman David Procopio told 22News 47-year-old Stephen Cote was arrested by New Jersey officers while he was getting out of a car in the parking lot of the Westgate apartment complex in Lakewood, NJ.

Cote was added to the Massachusetts State Police Most Wanted Fugitives list on June 25 and was wanted for receipt of material involving sexual exploitation of minors.

An arrest warrant for Cote was issued in November 2015 after investigators developed evidence that he was in possession of child pornography, but police say he allegedly went on the run.

Authorities set up surveillance outside the apartment complex where Cote was believed to be staying on Thursday. After several hours of surveillance, Task Force members, working with US Marshals, New Jersey State Police and New Jersey Department of Criminal Justice, spotted Cote, who drove into the lot in the suspected vehicle, parked, and exited. 

Cote was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant, police say. He is being held by police until his arraignment in federal court in the future.

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