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OCPO CYBER CHILD PORN NET SNARES ANOTHER OC MAN

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Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced the arrest today (7/27) of John Dalton, Jr, 76, of Eagleswood on the charges of 3rd Degree Possession of Child Pornography and 2nd degree Distribution of Child Pornography. The Ocean County Prosecutor’s High Tech Crime Unit (HTCU) and the New Jersey State Police Tuckerton Station teamed up in this latest proactive operation to stop child exploitation.

The arrest is the result of proactive cyber monitoring by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit indicating someone within Ocean County had downloaded images of prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts. HTCU detectives initiated a three (3) month long investigation, which led to a search warrant being executed by the partnering agencies at 108 Tanglewood Drive in Eagleswood, NJ. The search and subsequent forensic examination of computers located within the residence revealed several thousand videos and pornographic images of children engaged in sexual acts.

As a result of the evidence located, OCPO Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Pressman approved charges of 1 count of 3nd Degree Possession of Child Pornography and 1 count of 2nd Degree Distribution of Child Pornography. Dalton was taken into custody and lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a first appearance hearing.

The media and the public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.