Freehold Township resident indicted on child pornography charge


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A state Superior Court grand jury has returned a one-count indictment charging the owner of the now-defunct Galaxy Gymnastics School with possession of pornography that depicted the sexual abuse of children, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

Ronald J. Charles, 53, of Freehold Township, was arraigned on May 8 before Superior Court Judge David Bauman, sitting in Freehold. Charles now faces up to five years in state prison on the one count of third degree endangering the welfare of a child for possession of child pornography, Gramiccioni said.

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Charles was arrested in December 2015 by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit after the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Regional Task Force received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to the prosecutor.

The CyberTip reported that an individual, later identified as Charles, allegedly attempted to send multiple images of child pornography via his personal email address. Based on that information a search warrant was issued, leading to the seizure of a computer from Charles’ home office.

After Charles was arrested, a lengthy forensic examination of his computer revealed numerous images of child pornography, according to the prosecutor.

Charles’ arrest occurred prior to the Criminal Justice Reform Act which was signed into law and took effect on Jan. 1, 2017. Following his arrest in December 2015, Charles was released after posting $40,000 bail with no 10 percent option, as set by Freehold Township Municipal Court Judge Nicole Sonnenblick.

As a condition of his bail, Sonnenblick prohibited Charles from having any unsupervised contact with any minors and barred him from using the internet. He remains released on bail, according to Gramiccioni.

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