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INDICTMENT IN POSSESSION/DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Seaside Heights Chief Thomas Boyd today announced the Grand Jury returned an indictment yesterday (11/29) against Kevin Meier, 23, of Seaside Heights on 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography and 1 count of Distribution of Child Pornography.

The indictment stems from a June 2015 referral to Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit (HTCU) from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children through the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which OCPO’s HTCU is a member.  The referral stated a person within the jurisdiction of Ocean County was distributing suspected child pornography over the Internet.  An investigation was initiated by OCPO and the Seaside Heights Police Department and quickly identified a Sheridan Avenue residence as the alleged source of the images.

On June 17, 2015 the partnering agencies executed a search warrant at the Sheridan Ave residence of Kevin Meier.  The subsequent execution of the search warrant resulted in evidence supporting the above charges.  Meier’s bail at that time was set at $50,000 no 10% by the Honorable Judge Paul Gluck.  He was incarcerated for a time in Ocean County Jail, however, is presently released on bail.  OCPO Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Pressman is handling the prosecution.

Meier was employed as a Seaside Heights Special Police Officer at the time of his arrest.  He was immediately terminated from his employment as a result of the charges.

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