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Chad Rybka, Former Madison Police Officer, Sentenced In Possession of Child Pornography

MADISON, NJ  - A Madison police officer has been sentenced after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announced in a press release Friday that Judge Thomas J. Critchley has sentenced Chad Rybka, 33, of Bernards Township to two years probation, $905 in mandatory fines and penalties and continued psychological treatment.

The sentencing comes after Rybka pled guilty in May to one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Possession of Child Pornography, a crime of the third degree.  

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Under the terms of the plea agreement, Rybka resigned employment as a Madison Borough police officer and is also required to forfeit future public employment New Jersey.    

Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Meg Rodriguez represented the state during the proceedings.  

Rodriguez read a letter submitted by the 17-year-old victim’s family condemning Rybka’s actions yet expressing concern for the “good officers of the Madison Police Department” who would have to “rebuild the damage [Rybka] brought to their department.”

As previously reported by TAP Into Madison, investigators found out Rybka had been communicating with a 17-year-old girl for four to six months on Twitter’s “messenger” application. The Brunswick Division of Police reported the matter to the Madison Police Department, who immediately advised the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. A subsequent investigation led by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit determined that Rybka was in possession of a number of nude images of the victim.

“The Madison Police Department has been proudly serving the Borough of Madison since 1890 and has zero tolerance for any police officer misconduct that adversely effects the borough’s reputation or the integrity of the police department,” said Dachisen. “The actions of one individual does not define our agency and the outstanding work my officers do on a daily basis," said Madison Police Chief Darren Dachisen at the time. 

Prosecutor Knapp thanked "the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, High Tech Crimes Unit, Professional Standards Unit, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigations Section, the Borough of Madison Police Department, and the Brunswick (Ohio) Division of Police, whose combined efforts resulted in the arrest and sentencing of Chad Rybka."


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