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Youth Wrestling Coach, Referee from Brick Charged with Distribution of Explicit Images of Minors

By rlsmetro on
Brick Township

A local youth wrestling coach was arrested today on a charge of receipt and distribution of explicit images of minors, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Honig, Alec Donovan, 24, of Brick, is charged by complaint with receipt and distribution of explicit images of minors. He appeared by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor and was released on a $100,000 unsecured bond.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Donovan used a messaging application to share videos containing explicit images of minors over the Internet. 

From January 2021 through March 2021, Donovan sent three videos containing images of child sexual abuse and received two videos containing images of child sexual abuse via the web-based messaging application. The videos Donovan sent and received depicted sexual acts involving prepubescent children.

Donovan also used the web-based messaging application to solicit and engage in conversations with minors, including requesting nude photographs from the minors and sending nude photographs to them.

The FBI’s Newark Field Office is asking anyone with information related to this case or who may be a victim, to contact them at NK-Victim-Assistance@FBI.gov.