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Waretown Man Sentenced to Prison for Possession of Explicit Images of Minors


Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on March 19, Michael Delia, 42, of Waretown, was sentenced to four years New Jersey State Prison, as a result of his previously entered guilty plea to Endangering the Welfare of a Child by Possessing Explicit Images of Minors. 

An investigation commenced by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit in January 2019 revealed that an IP Address belonging to Delia was being used to download explicit images of minors from the internet through a peer-to-peer file-sharing application. 

According to police, on March 5, 2019, Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations, and Ocean Township Police Department executed a search warrant at Delia’s residence in Waretown. 

As a result, Detectives seized a laptop computer, cell phone and other electronic equipment belonging to Delia. A forensic examination of the laptop computer revealed that it contained more than 1000 but less than 10,000 explicit images of children. Delia was arrested without incident and transported to the Ocean County Jail.