- Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal
Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced
that a Cumberland County man has pleaded
guilty to endangering the welfare of a child
by offering depictions of child pornography
over the Internet.
to Director Taylor, Michael J. Meyer Jr.,
31, of Commercial Township, pleaded guilty
on Friday (Feb. 26) before Superior Court
Judge Benjamin C. Telsey in Cumberland County
to second-degree endangering the welfare
of a child by offering depictions of child
pornography. Meyer was charged in a July
1, 2008 state grand jury indictment.
Telsey scheduled sentencing for April 1.
The state will recommend that Meyer be sentenced
to three years in state prison.
charge stems from Operation Silent Shield,
an investigation led by the State Police
that resulted in more than 40 arrests in
October 2007. Operation Silent Shield began
in August 2007. It encompassed 15 counties,
and involved numerous local, county, state
and federal law enforcement agencies.
pleading guilty, Meyer admitted that between
July 27 and Oct. 2, 2007, he used the "Limewire"
peer-to-peer software on his computer and
used it to knowingly make child pornographic
video files available to other people who
also had Limewire or similar peer-to-peer
software installed on their computers.
Oct. 2, 2007, detectives with the New Jersey
State Police executed a search warrant for
Meyer's computer and arrested him.
with the New Jersey State Police coordinated
the investigation. Deputy Attorney General
Denise Grugan represented the Division of
Criminal Justice at the guilty plea hearing.