Lakewood Man Charged for Distributing Child Pornography

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LAKEWOOD, NJ – A Lakewood man has been arrested and charged for distributing pornography online, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.

Billhimer on Tuesday said Matthew Robles, 31, of Lakewood was charged with two counts of distribution of child pornography and possession.

“An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Megan’s Law Unit revealed that Robles – a Megan’s Law Registrant under the supervision of the New Jersey Division of Parole- has been employed at a local business establishment in Brick Township without registering or notifying any law enforcement agencies.  Since 1994, Megan’s Law requires certain offenders to register with their local police departments whenever they move and/or change their residential address or place of employment,” Billhimer said. “On July 26, officers from the Division of Parole conducted a home visit and discovered images of child pornography on Robles’ cellular phone.  Robles was taken into custody and transported to the Ocean County Jail for various violations of his parole.  All of Robles’ electronic devices were seized by law enforcement for forensic examination purposes.”

According to Billhimer, on July 28, detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit executed a court-authorized search warrant on Robles’ electronic devices.   As a result, Detectives discovered that Robles had been uploading and sharing images of child pornography on the internet by way of the WhatsApp Application.  

On August 5, 2022, Robles was served with a complaint initially charging him with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender at the Ocean County Jail.  On August 8, 2022, Robles was served with the previously referenced complaints in connection with the child pornography charges.  He remains lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

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