FREEHOLD – A Neptune man has been arrested and charged with the possession and distribution of child sexual abuse materials, announced Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Anthony McCray, 50, of Neptune, is charged with second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for distribution of child pornography and third degree Endangering the Welfare of Child for possession of child pornography.
On August 3, 2018, McCray distributed 16 videos depicting the sexual abuse of children via a peer-to-peer file-sharing program – an online connection of computers allowing the sharing of files directly between individual users. On November 18, 2018, McCray distributed an additional 86 videos depicting the sexual abuse of children via a peer-to-peer file-sharing program. On February 21, 2019, law enforcement executed a search warrant at McCray’s residence located additional child pornography.
If convicted of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for distribution of child pornography, McCray faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in New Jersey state prison, with a 5 year period of parole ineligibility, Megan’s Law, and parole supervision for life. If convicted of the third degree Endangering charge, McCray will face a maximum sentence of five years in state prison
McCray remains incarcerated in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution since his arrest. He is scheduled to have a detention hearing on February 27, 2019 in front of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge James J. McGann at 9 am.
Investigators continue to seek additional information about McCray’s activities. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Tiffany Lenart at the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office 1-800-533-7443. Anyone who wishes to make an anonymous report can call the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers’ confidential tip-line at 1-800-671-4400. Tipsters can also text “MONMOUTH” and their tip to 274637 or they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com.
The case has been assigned to Assistant Prosecutor Stephanie Dugan.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.
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