FREEHOLD – According to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, A Middletown man who was arrested as part of Operation School’s Out was sentenced to prison today for distributing items depicting the sexual exploitation of children. Holmdel Township Police and other agencies assisted in the investigations.
According to the release, Dale Williams, 46, of Leonard Avenue in Middletown, was sentenced to three years in New Jersey State Prison for the second degree crime of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Distribution of Child Pornography) by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Vincent N. Falcetano, Jr. In addition, Williams was ordered to register and be subject to all conditions of Megan’s Law upon his release from prison.
Williams had previously pleaded guilty to the offense on April 11. At the time of his plea, he admitted he used Peer-to-Peer file-sharing software to download child sexual abuse images and videos.
Williams was arrested on July 21, 2017 as part of “Operation School’s Out,” a summer-long operation into online consumers of child sexual exploitation materials that resulted in the arrest of 14 individuals. 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, 2017.
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 Asbury Park, Belmar, Eatontown, Freehold Township, Hazlet Township, Holmdel Township, Howell Township, Keansburg, Keyport, Long Branch, Manalapan Township, Marlboro Township, Middletown Township, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Red Bank, Sea Bright, Tinton Falls, and Wall Township police departments.