Former Ocean Grove Business Owner Admits to Child Pornography Possession


coaster-news-200A former Ocean Grove business owner and resident admitted he was in possession of multiple images of child pornography when he was arrested last year, said Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Peter Tumblety, 58, of Gordon Court in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown Township, pleaded guilty Mon., Jan. 11 to a charge of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Possession of Child Pornography) in front of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley. Tumblety admitted to Judge Oxley that he was in possession of less than 100 images depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of child.

Tumblety, then owner of a local art gallery and resident at a Pilgrim Pathway location in the Ocean Grove section of Neptune Township, was arrested March 19, 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 indicated Tumblety uploaded images of child pornography to a Microsoft SkyDrive account.

Tumblety is scheduled to return for sentencing before Judge Oxley on May 20. As part of his plea agreement with this Office, it will be recommended he be sentenced to probation with conditions including a psychiatric evaluation, no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18, restricted internet use, and random monitoring of his computer and other internet devices by law enforcement or probation officers.

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

Tumblety is represented by Brian Ansell, Esq., of Ocean Township.

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