Eagleswood Man, 76, Arrested for Child Porn

Aug 02, 2017

Thousands of images and videos of children engaged in sex acts were found on hard drives belonging to 76-year-old John Dalton Jr. of Tanglewood Road in Eagleswood following a three-month-long investigation that tracked internet downloads, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. Dalton was arrested Thursday, July 27, on one count of third-degree possession and one count of second-degree distribution of child pornography.

The prosecutor’s office’s High-Tech Crime Unit has “proactive cyber monitoring” capabilities, meaning it is notified when illegal materials are downloaded.

The Crime Unit and State Police executed a search warrant at Dalton’s residence and then conducted a search and subsequent forensic examination of computers. Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Pressman approved the charges. If convicted, Dalton could face jail time and tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

Four years ago Gov. Chris Christie strengthened New Jersey’s child porn laws, imposing mandatory minimum prison sentences for distributing 25 or more pornographic images, with a first-time offender to serve at least five years, repeat offenders up to 10.

Dalton was taken into custody and lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a first appearance hearing.  —V.F.

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