FREEHOLD – A Union Beach man pleaded guilty Monday to distributing child pornography as part of a plea agreement with this Office, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Joseph Gentile, 43, of Broadway in Union Beach, pleaded guilty in front of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Ronald Lee Reisner to one count of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Distribution of Child Pornography). In pleading guilty, Gentile admitted he streamed a video over the Internet depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of child.

Gentile is scheduled to return for sentencing on May 6, 2016. As part of his plea agreement with this Office, it will be recommended the Endangering the Welfare of a Child charge be treated as a third degree crime for sentencing purposes and a 3-year sentence in a New Jersey state prison be imposed. Gentile will also be subject to the provisions of Megan’s Law upon his release from state prison.

Gentile was arrested in March 2015 by members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit following up on a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The CyberTip revealed Gentile was streaming a video of child pornography on November 23, 2014, over the Omegle network, an online video chat service.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Margaret Koping.

Gentile is represented by Glenn D. Kassman, Esq., of Point Pleasant Beach.

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