Ex-priest to Enter Plea in Wayne Child Porn Case
By Andrew Scott
March 9, 2017
Former New Jersey priest Kevin A. Gugliotta, 55, of Manahwkin, N.J., is scheduled to enter a plea Friday in Wayne County Court after being charged with having child pornography, said the Wayne County District Attorney's Office.
Between July 9 and Aug. 29, multiple files containing child porn were uploaded to Gugliotta's computer, an affidavit states. Charged with 20 counts of disseminating images of sexual acts involving children and 20 counts of child porn, Gugliotta as of Thursday was in Wayne County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail, which had been reduced from $1 million bail.
After receiving a tip Aug. 9, Monroe County District Attorney's Office Detective Brian Webbe conducted a lengthy investigation that revealed a file containing child porn had been uploaded to a computer traced to a Third Street apartment in Gouldsboro, Lehigh Township, Wayne County. Webbe then contacted Lehigh Township police and the Wayne County District Attorney's Office.
Shortly after 9:30 a.m. Sept. 29, authorities executed a search warrant at the apartment. No one was home and there were no electronic devices there at the time, but authorities learned Gugliotta had been there several times a week.
Authorities were given Gugliotta's phone number and tracked him to a church in Union County, N.J. Authorities contacted Gugliotta and tried getting him to return to the apartment, using a ruse so that he wouldn't become suspicious and destroy evidence.