Matthew Wolny, Howell school employee, charged with child porn [Legal Monitor Worldwide]
(Legal Monitor Worldwide Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Matthew Wolny, who is employed in the Howell school system as a technician and volunteers as assistant marching band director at Brick Memorial High School, was arrested Thursday on several child pornography charges.
Authorities said they found thousands of child pornography computer files, including graphic pictures and movies, in his Jackson home.
Wolny, 35, was charged with third-degree possession of child pornography, one count of second-degree manufacturing of child pornography and second-degree distributing of child pornography, said Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.
Jackson police also charged Wolny with resisting arrest and obstruction. Bail was set at $100,000 with no 10 percent option and he was being at held Friday at the Ocean County Jail.
The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office is examining the files to see if there is a local connection, and investigators will try to identify individuals.
Notifying parents Wolny is employed by the Howell school district as an information-technology technician. He also is a volunteer assistant marching-band director at Brick Memorial High School and a member of the Ocean County YMCA, Della Fave said.
Della Fave also said Wolny was a member of the Windsor Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in West Windsor, but Kevin Serfass, president and executive director of the group, said he has not been a member for some time.
"He is a former member. And I am just as shocked as anyone else. I don't even know why we are even mentioned in it," he said of the Prosecutor's Office's statement.
Howell Schools Superintendent Enid Golden said she was shocked, surprised and upset when she found out about Wolny. According to New Jersey government records, Wolny was paid $63,744 last year. "I'm in the process of notifying the parents to let them know that we have been in contact with the Prosecutor's Office, and they told us there's no evidence that any criminal conduct took place within the Howell school system," Golden said.
Wolny has been suspended by the school system and banned from school property, Golden said. In a letter sent to parents Friday afternoon, Golden said Wolny did not teach and thus had minimal opportunity to interact with children, she said.
"We are also confident, based on the input received from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, that our staff and students were not involved in any way," Golden wrote.
Brick Schools Superintendent Walter Uszenski said Friday he was still gathering details about the arrest, but added that Wolny no longer will be volunteering at the school and he will not allowed back with the Brick Memorial marching band.
"I don't want him around children," Uszenski said. "I will protect every student, faculty and staff member in my school, and I'm going to be addressing the Board of Education about this."
Struggle at home On Thursday morning, a two-month investigation by Ocean County Prosecutor's Office detectives led them to Wolny's home in Jackson, Della Fave said. Ocean County High Tech Crime Unit detectives, with assistance from Jackson police, executed a search warrant at Wolny's residence and found he was actively manufacturing, trading and possessing thousands of child pornography computer files, he said.
When Wolny was presented with a copy of the arrest warrant, Wolny attempted to fight his way out of his home, but was quickly taken into custody by Ocean County detectives and Jackson patrol officers, Della Fave said.
A cellphone, .44-caliber handgun, and Wolny's vehicle also were seized for possible forfeiture, Della Fave said.
The case against Wolny will be prosecuted under the new state child pornography law that went in effect on Aug. 14. By raising possession of child pornography from a fourth-degree offense to third-degree, the law creates a presumption of imprisonment for those who possess more than 100 files of child pornography, Della Fave said.
Distribution of child pornography is a strict liability offense if it occurs on a peer-to-peer file-sharing network, and distribution of more than 25 files carries a mandatory period of parole ineligibility, Della Fave said.
The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office is encouraging anyone with additional information in this case to contact Detective David Brubaker at 732-929-2027, ext. 5329.
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