Ocean County Man Busted In Child Porn Probe

Michael D’Elia (Photo courtesy Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

OCEAN TOWNSHIP – A Waretown man was arrested today on child pornography charges after a four-month long investigation, announced Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.

  Michael D’Elia, 40, was charged with 2nd degree Possession of Child Pornography and 2nd degree Distribution of Child Pornography.

  A four-month investigation conducted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Squad and Homeland Security and Intelligence Squad pinpointed a Waretown address as the source on online child porn distribution. Detectives executed a search warrant at the residence on March 5 where they discovered over 1,000 images on child porn on devices.

  Additional charges are pending a complete forensic examination of items seized during the search, according to law enforcement.

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  D’Elia was processed at the Ocean Township Police Department and is now lodged at the Ocean County Jail pending a hearing.