Ocean County Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography

Matthew Robles (Photo courtesy Ocean County Jail)

LAKEWOOD – A Township man has admitted to uploading and sharing images of child pornography as well as failing to register as a sex offender, officials said.

  Matthew Robles, 32, pled guilty to Distribution of Child Pornography and Failure to Register as a Megan’s Law Offender.

  At the time of his sentencing the State will be recommending a term of seven years in a New Jersey State Prison with a five-year period of parole ineligibility, as to the Child Pornography Distribution charge. The State will also be recommending a term of three years in NJSP as to the Failure to Register as a Megan’s Law Offender charge. The sentences would run concurrently.

  Through investigation, authorities discovered that Robles has been employed at a local business in Brick without registering or notifying any law enforcement agencies, which is a requirement under Megan’s Law.

  On July 26, 2022, officers visited Roble’s home and found images of child pornography on his cell phone. Robles was taken into custody and brought to the Ocean County Jail for various violations of his parole. All of Robles’ electronic devices were seized by law enforcement for forensic examination purposes.

  On July 28, 2022, detectives executed a search warrant on Robles’ electronic devices and discovered that Robles was uploading and sharing images of child pornography on the internet through WhatsApp.

  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer acknowledged the efforts of Senior Assistant Prosecutor Shanon Chant-Berry and Assistant Prosecutor Natalie Pouch who are handling the case on behalf of the State, and commends the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Megan’s Law Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, New Jersey Division of Parole, and Lakewood Township Police Department, for their collaborative assistance in connection with this investigation leading to Robles’ arrest, guilty pleas and soon his state prison sentence.