Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Seaside Heights Police chief Thomas Boyd announce the arrest of Kevin Meier, 21, of Seaside Heights on charges possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.
On June 17, 2015, members of the Ocean County High Tech Crime Unit, South Toms River Police Department, and Seaside Heights Police Department executed a search warrant at 304 Sheridan Ave in Seaside Heights.
The investigation was initiated by a referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which was forwarded on June 12, 2015, by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The referral advised that an individual in Ocean County had uploaded suspected child pornography to the internet.
The Ocean County High Tech Crime Unit identified the source as Meier’s residence located at 304 Sheridan Avenue. The executed search warrant and subsequent investigation resulted in the confiscation of numerous files related to child pornography at Meier’s residence.
Meier was taken into custody at 6:30 p.m. yesterday (6/17) at Seaside Heights Police Headquarters, where he was employed as a Class II Special Police Officer.
After review of the submitted investigation, Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Pressman approved charges of one (1) count of 3rd degree Possession of Child Pornography and one (1) count of 2nd degree Distribution of Child Pornography.
Bail was set at $50,000 no 10% by the Honorable Judge Gluck.
Meier was transported to the Ocean County Jail where he was lodged in default of bail. Seaside Heights Chief Thomas Boyd immediately terminated Meier’s employment and confiscated all assigned uniforms and equipment.