Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that a sex offender from Cape May County who has prior convictions for molesting a 6-year-old boy and possessing hundreds of files of Explicit Images of Minors pleaded guilty today to a new charges.
According to authorities, Timothy Corwonski, 37, of North Wildwood, pleaded guilty today to charges of third-degree possession of Explicit Images of Minors and fourth-degree violation of community supervision for life before Superior Court Judge Michael J. Donohue in Cape May County.
Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Corwonski is sentenced to 6 ½ years in state prison: five years on the possession of Explicit Images of Minors charge and 18 months on the violation of community supervision for life charge, with the two sentences to run consecutively. Sentencing for Corwonski is scheduled for June 29.
Officials said Corwonski was arrested on Feb. 9th by the State Parole Board, New Jersey State Police, Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, ICE Homeland Security Investigations, and the North Wildwood Police Department. The arrest followed the execution of a search warrant at his apartment, where investigators found at least 40 files of suspected Explicit Images of Minors on his computer devices.
According to authorities, investigators received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about a user who uploaded Explicit Images of Minors to a cloud storage account. The account was linked to an IP address that was traced to Corwonski, who was on federal parole at the time and also subject to parole supervision for life in New Jersey based on prior convictions.
In 2003, Corwonski pleaded guilty in state court to endangering the welfare of a child for fondling a 6-year-old boy while he was sleeping. He was sentenced to four years in state prison and community supervision for life. In 2008, Corwonski was sentenced to six years in federal prison, followed by five years of federal parole, as a result of his guilty plea in federal court to possessing hundreds of files of Explicit Images of Minors on his computers.
“Corwonski is another example that some offenders who collect Explicit Images of Minors online do not stop there with their deviant impulses, but engage in hands-on predatory conduct against children,” said Attorney General Grewal. “We are putting this predator in prison, where he cannot harm any child.”
Attorney General Grewal and Director Honig urged anyone with information about the distribution of Explicit Images of Minors on the internet – or about suspected improper contact by unknown persons communicating with children via the internet or possible exploitation or sexual abuse of children – to contact the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Tipline at 888-648-6007.