TRENTON, N.J. – An Atlantic County, New Jersey, man today admitted receiving images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Matthew Wolny, 40, of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of receipt of child pornography. Wolny was previously arrested and charged by complaint on June 6, 2018.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
In September 2013, Wolny, who was then living in Jackson, New Jersey, used a peer-to-peer file sharing software, which he had installed on his computer, to download video files containing images of child sexual abuse from the internet to his computer hard drive.
The charge of receiving child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for April 8, 2019.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), under the direction of Brian Michael, and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Molly Lorber of the Criminal Division in Trenton.
Defense counsel: Jack Wenik Esq., Newark