A national CyberTip has led to the arrest of a 54-year-old man for possession of child pornography, authorities said.
William Whesper of Tyrpak Road in Howell was charged with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child for possession of child pornography, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said.
If convicted of the second-degree offense, Whesper faces up to 10 years New Jersey State Prison. He also will be subject to Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for Life, Gramiccioni said.
After receiving a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, law enforcement began in investigation into an individual reported to be viewing child pornography online in Howell Township, authorities said.
The investigation led law enforcement to Whesper and an initial review of Whesper’s electronics revealed that he possessed thousands of images of child pornography, authorities said.
On Feb. 19, the Howell Township Police Department and a member of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Whesper for second-degree possession of child pornography, Gramiccioni said.
Whesper is currently incarcerated in the Monmouth County Jail pending a detention hearing, which is scheduled for Friday in front of Judge Marc C. Lemieux.
For anyone with information regarding this case, please contact Howell Police Detective Anthony Romano at 732-938-4575, ext. 2879.
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