Former Ocean County Coach Sentenced For Child Pornography

Alec Donovan (Photo courtesy Centenary University)

  BRICK – A former youth wrestling coach and referee was sentenced to 87 months for distributing child pornography, police said.

  Alec Donovan, 26, of Brick, used a web-based messaging app to exchange images and videos of child sexual abuse, including ones involving depictions of pre-pubescent children, police said. He used the app to solicit and engage in conversations with minors, asking for nude photographs from them and sending nude photographs to them. These actions took place between January 2021 and March 2021.

  In addition to the prison term, he will have 30 years of supervised release.

  The U.S. Attorney’s office credited the Newark Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task force, under the direction of FBI Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark, with the investigation.