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Howell Schools IT Tech Faces Child Porn Charges

The Jackson man also worked as a volunteer assistant marching band director at Brick Memorial High School.

A Jackson resident who is employed by the Howell Public Schools was arrested on Thursday and is facing charges of child pornography according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

According to a press release posted on the Jackson Police Department Facebook page 35-year-old Matthew Wolny was arrested early Thursday on charges of possession, manufacturing and distributing child pornography.

Wolney, an IT technician with the district was arrested following an investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit that looks into child sexual exploitation. The investigation lasted more than two months and was assisted by the Jackson Police Department.

A search warrant of Wolny’s home revealed evidence that showed alleged involvement in “manufacturing, trading and possessing thousands of child pornography files, including graphic pictures and movies,” the press release said .

When presented with the search warrant Wolny is alleged to have attempted to fight his way out of his house before being taken into custody. He is charged with one count of second degree manufacturing child pornography, second degree distribution of child pornography, and one count of third degree possession of child pornography. The local department also charged him with resisting arrest and obstruction.

Howell Public Schools Superintendent Enid Golden said she was “obviously upset” by the news. Wolny had been employed by the district for 13 years and Golden said a letter is being sent home to parents to give more information on the situation.

In the letter sent by Golden  she said Wolny has been suspended from his position pending the outcome of the investigation.

Golden said in the letter that she has been told by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office that “there is no evidence that would implicate any criminal conduct in any of the schools.” She added that the district was confident based on information from the prosecutor’s office that, “our staff and students were not involved in any way.”

Parents with questions are encouraged to contact their child’s school principal who will be able to provide more guidance. “Be advised that Mr. Wolny was a non-instructional staff member; therefore, he had minimal opportunity to interact with children,” Golden added.

In addition to his work with the Howell Public Schools Wolny also worked as a volunteer assistant marching band Director at Brick Memorial High School and was a member of the Windsor Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He was also a member of the Ocean County YMCA.

Wolny’s bail has been set at $100,000 with no 10 percent option and he was taken to the Ocean County Jail in lieu of bail. Evidence including cell phones, a .44 caliber handgun and his car were seized for possible future forfeiture according to the release.

The case will be prosecuted under the new Child Pornography law which took effect just last month. The press release said the changes to the law allow for stronger penalites and grading of offenses by raising possession of child pornography to a third degree offense. It also creates a presumption for imprisonment for people with more than 100 files containing child pornography.

Distribution of child pornography is considered a strict liability offense if it happens on a peer-to-peer file sharing network, according to the release and distribution of more than 25 files carries a mandatory period of parole ineligibility.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Det. David Brubaker at 732-929-2027 ext. 5329.



Guess Who September 28, 2013 at 12:42 AM
alcoholics know to stay out of bars . perverts should also know to stay away from kids . Send him to jail for life - no parole. What this vulture did or assisted doing by selling this crap will ruin the entire lives of all the kids they made into victims. No parole, life in prison should be the minimum sentence as death is far to easy a sentence for him
Piper Williams September 29, 2013 at 11:59 PM
If alcoholics knew enough to stay out of bars then there would be no such things as drunk driving. A two month investigation yielded no evidence that the suspect ever acted inappropriately with any child, despite working near and volunteering his time for them. Let us fight the urge to make assumptions and allow the truth to come out. I am not comfortable dispensing judgement or death, luckily there are people on the internet too cowardly to sign their own name to do these deeds for us.
Guess Who October 01, 2013 at 09:37 AM
if you had 1/100th of a brain you'd know not all drunks are alcoholics but all people into kiddie porn are either current or soon to be child molesters and that child molesters are pedophiles who are now or soon will be addicted to sex with a child. It's mental disorder that is often caused by that adult having been molested as a child. there is no assumption here. and your other statement '' the suspect ever acted inappropriately with any child,'' is assinine at best. He was caught not only in possession of child porn but also was manufacturing it. Both alone are inappropriate and either one deserves punishment and death as far as I'm concerned. The kids in that porn are scarred for life and few will ever get over what happened to them Obviously by your idiotic comment and defense of the man, you condone kiddie porn. It's nice we all know your name so parents can keep their kids away from you the only ASSumption here is yours about why I use a screen name. That is my choice to do so, as it was your decision to make remarks about what you don't know and to defend a man who by the story is a man who violated several laws protecting children in this state and country and every child in his magazines is a victim for life. He deserves nothing less than death for killing those childrens innocence and ruining their lives
Guess Who October 01, 2013 at 09:47 AM
further I guess in your mind it's ok for a 3 year old or a 12 year old or a 15 year old etc. to have sex with an adult, have pictures taken of he or she being raped and then have the molesters sell them all around the world to perverts and also posted online where they will be found forever. those kids will never be able to escape having been a victim! People like you really burn me up when you defend people like that man. The only and I mean ONLY possibility for him not to deserve my comments or the punishment I stated is if the cops planted the evidence and I doubt that was the situation here. If it was, that man will be wealthy from a lawsuit against howell if he files one, which if innocent, he should

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