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SOCIAL MEDIA BAN LANDS OFFENDER IN JAIL

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The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office teamed with NJ State Department of Parole this week to arrest Michael Christ Wenk, 40, of Little Egg Harbor Township for violating the conditions of a court imposed parole supervision for life.  The arrest came as the result of a tip posted simultaneously to the state “Offender Watch” tip line and OCPO’s Facebook page.

Wenk was arrested Wednesday night (7/19) at his Little Egg Harbor Township residence by State Parole Officer Joseph Riaves, OCPO Megans Unit Detectives John Argento and Michael LePore.  His arrest was the result of the community tip and subsequent investigation by the partnering agencies showing Wenk’s use of social media in violation of his parole supervision for life. As per the conditions of his parole, he was immediately remanded to OCJ for the violation.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Megans Unit is one of the few county agencies to have state parole officers permanently on staff to prosecute and provide oversight of Megan’s Law offenders.  Anyone with relevant information concerning violations of Megan’s Law can contact OCPO’s Megan’s Unit at (732) 929-2027 Ext. 2903 or through the New Jersey State Police Offenders Watch Tip Line found at www.njsp.org.  All information may be given anonymously.

MICHAEL CHRIST WENK