71-Year-Old Church Youth Group Director Charged for Distribution of Lewd Images of Children

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MARLTON, NJ – A 71-year-old Marlton man has been charged for distributing lewd and provocative images of children. The arrest was announced Monday by Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw and Evesham Township Police Chief Walt Miller.

According to Chief Miller, Arnold DiBlasi, of the first block of Prince Charles Court, was charged with four counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

“DiBlasi, who is the former youth group director at Holy Eucharist Parish in Cherry Hill, was taken into custody on July 26 at his residence following the execution of a search warrant. Electronic devices seized during the search will be examined by detectives from the BCPO High-Tech Crimes Unit. A preliminary review of DiBlasi’s cell phone revealed the presence of child sexual abuse material,” Prosecutor Bradshaw said.

He was lodged in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly and released following a detention hearing in Superior Court. The case will now be referred to a grand jury for possible indictment.

Chief Miller and Bradshaw noted the investigation began in May after the BCPO High-Tech Crimes Unit received information regarding DiBlasi’s online activities from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The investigation revealed that DiBlasi, utilizing an online chat room, distributed more than 11,000 files of child sexual abuse material to 30 people.