FREEHOLD, NJ — A 62-year-old college professor who lives in Belmar is among 14 persons arrested as the result of a child pornography investigation conducted during the summer, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Paul King of Ocean Avenue, Belmar, was arrested on August 16, following an investigation that revealed he used peer-to-peer file-sharing software to make child pornography images and videos available to others online. King is charged with second- and third-degree child endangerment, related to the distribution and possession of child pornography, the prosecutor’s office said.

King is a professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he is listed as a university lecturer in the Humanities Department, according to the Newark-based university’s website.

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If convicted of the second-degree endangerment charge, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison with supervised lifetime parole and must register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law. If convicted of the third-degree endangerment charge, he faces a maximum sentence of five years in state prison with supervised lifetime parole.

King and the other defendants have been released under New Jersey’s Bail Reform Act, on two conditions — they have no unsupervised contact with children under age 18 and they do not use the internet.

“Operation School’s Out” was a countywide investigation designed to reduce online threats to Monmouth County children during summer vacation — when they are most vulnerable — and to decrease the market for child sexual exploitation by focusing on those individuals seeking out and trafficking in child pornographic materials, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The operation was carried out by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit and Monmouth County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force between July 20 and August 31.

“It is incumbent on everyone, particularly those of us in law enforcement, to protect children from harm and exploitation. To that end, Operation School’s Out caught individuals who shamelessly viewed and shared depraved images of children being sexually abused,” said Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

“Our successful operation demonstrates the value of our partnerships with the local law enforcement agencies that help our ICAC Task Force continue to have a vigilant and watchful eye for this extremely damaging criminal activity,” he added.

Assisting in Operation School’s Out were members of the New Jersey State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit, New Jersey Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, New Jersey ICAC Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Federal Bureau of Investigations, New Jersey State Parole Board, and the police departments of Asbury Park, Belmar, Eatontown, Freehold Township, Hazlet, Holmdel, Howell, Keansburg, Keyport, Long Branch, Manalapan, Marlboro, Middletown, Neptune, Ocean, Red Bank, Sea Bright, Tinton Falls and Wall.

Ranging in age from 18 to 70, the other men arrested and charged were:

  • John G. Fenton, 55, of Port Monmouth Road in Middletown, a commercial oil delivery driver.
  • Henry Gavilanez, 27, Monmouth Place in Long Branch, an unemployed insurance salesman. 
  • Emir Gomez, 18, of Route 35 in Eatontown, a landscaper. 
  • Douglas Masto, 70, of Quaker Street in Wall, a self-employed business manager. 
  • Terrance McCuen, 53, of North Ditmar Drive in the Wanamassa section of Ocean, a construction site superintendent. 
  • Alan Raczek, 27, of Meadow Drive in Tinton Falls, a grocery store cashier.
  • Rodrigo Roldan, 65, of Coral Way in Neptune, a retiree who holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Colombia.
  • Eric C. Scherzer, 38, of Benton Avenue, of the Leonardo section of Middletown, an electronics technician.
  • James Simmons, 69, of Harding Road in Freehold Township, a retired computer scientist and former federal government contractor. 
  • Frederick Simzer, 30, of Monique Circle in Hazlet, a swimming pool maintenance worker. 
  • Jude I. Taylor, 38, of Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, a landscaper.
  • Martin Velazquez-Rodriguez, 52, of First Avenue in Asbury Park, a factory worker. 
  • Dale E. Williams Jr., 46, of Leonard Avenue in Middletown, a construction worker.

All the cases are assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Margaret C. Koping, except for Fenton’s case, which is assigned to Assistant Prosecutor Martha Nye.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and state law.

 

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