Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on September 23, 2020, Michael Delia, 42, of Waretown, pled guilty to Endangering the Welfare of a Child by Possessing Child Pornography in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4b(5)(a)(ii), before the Honorable Linda G. Baxter, J.S.C. At the time of his sentencing on December 11, 2020, the State will be seeking a term of 4 years in New Jersey State Prison. Delia will also be subject to Parole Supervision for Life, and will be required to register as a Megan’s Law Offender.
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 Child Pornography from the internet through a peer to peer file sharing application. 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 on 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 images of child pornography. Delia was arrested without incident and transported to the Ocean County Jail.
Prosecutor Billhimer would like to acknowledge the efforts of Assistant Prosecutor Shanon Chant-Berry who handled the case on behalf of the State, as well as the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations and Ocean Township Police Department, for their collective and combined assistance in this investigation leading to Delia’s apprehension, and ultimately his guilty plea.