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Howell Schools IT Worker Charged with Child Porn Possession, Distribution

An Internet technology technician in the Howell Township school system with ties to a nearby high school marching band, a drum and bugle corps and a local YMCA s under arrest for several charges related to child pornography.

Matthew Wolny
Matthew Wolny (Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office)

Matthey Wolny, 35, of Jackson, was arrested early Thursday morning at his Maryland Drive home by members of Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato’s High Tech Crime Unit.

Information provided by investigators say that in addition to his work for Howell Schools, Wolny volunteered as an assistant director of the Brick Memorial High School marching band and had a membership in the Ocean County YMCA. He formerly was a member of the Windsor Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.

Authorities accuse Wolny of producing and dealing thousands of salacious images and videos involving children. Investigators say he tried fighting his way out of the house before being subdued by Jackson and county investigators, who also seized digital evidence, cell phones, a .44-caliber hand gun and Wolny’s car.

He’s charged with second-degree counts of manufacture and distribution of child pornography and a third-degree charge of possession. Jackson police filed charges of resisting arrest and obstruction of justice.

Second-degree charges carry possible prison terms of five to 10 years each on conviction.

County investigators are asking anyone who can provide background to the case to reach Detective David Brubaker: 732-929-2027, extension 5329.

According to information from Coronato’s office, Wolny’s case will be pursued under the guidelines of New Jersey’s enhanced child pornography law that took effect in August.

It raises possession from a fourth-degree offense to third-degree, and “creates a presumption of imprisonment” for anyone found to have more than 100 kiddie-porn files.

Distribution, says spokesman Al Della Fave, is a “strict liability offense” if a peer-to-peer file sharing network is involved. Distribution of over 25 files would trigger an automatic period of parole ineligibility.

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