Toms River Resident Arrested for Child Pornography

Forensic examination of electronic devices by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit has yielded a disturbing discovery of over 1000 images depicting child pornography. This revelation has led to the arrest of Edward Lynch, a 52-year-old resident of Toms River, who now faces charges of Possession of Child Pornography.

Toms River, NJ—Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer made the official announcement on August 24, 2023, revealing the charges against Edward Lynch. The investigation that led to Lynch’s arrest was initiated based on a referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Cyber-tips received by NCMEC indicated that an individual was involved in the downloading of child pornography from the internet. A thorough examination conducted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit traced the IP address responsible for these activities to a residence in Toms River.

In response to the investigation, a court-authorized search warrant was executed on the subject residence on August 24, 2023. Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, in collaboration with the Toms River Township Police Department and the Toms River Township Police Department Emergency Services Unit, conducted the search. As a result of the search, multiple electronic devices were seized from the residence. These devices were then subjected to a meticulous forensic examination by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, revealing an alarming collection of more than 1000 images depicting child pornography. Further investigation confirmed that Edward Lynch was the individual responsible for the downloading and possession of this illicit material.

Without incident, Edward Lynch was taken into custody at his residence and subsequently transported to the Ocean County Jail, where he remains detained pending a detention hearing. Prosecutor Billhimer expressed his appreciation for the collaborative efforts of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Toms River Township Police Department, Toms River Township Police Department Emergency Services Unit, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Their collective assistance has been instrumental in carrying out a comprehensive investigation, ultimately resulting in Lynch’s arrest.

It is important to note that the charges against Edward Lynch are merely accusations, and the press and public must bear in mind that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law (R.P.C. 3.6(b)(6)).

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