Kevin Gugliotta

Priest arrested for child porn

Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards announced the arrest of Kevin Gugliotta, 54, from Mahwah, New Jersey. Gugliotta is charged with 40 counts of Sexual Abuse of Children, 20 counts of which were for possession of child pornography and 20 counts of which were for dissemination of child pornography. All of the charges are graded as a felony 2nd degree. This arrest was the result of a multi-county and multi-state investigation into the possession of child pornography.

On August 9, 2016, a County Detective from the Monroe County District Attorney's Office received a report that on July 9, 2016, someone uploaded an image of child pornography to a chat room on the internet from a specific Internet Protocol (IP) address. Several other reports were received that numerous other images of child pornography were being uploaded from that same IP address. The investigation revealed that this IP address was registered to a Kevin Gugliotta that had a residence on Third Street in Gouldsboro, Lehigh Township, Wayne County, PA.

On September 29, 2016, County Detectives from the Monroe County District Attorney's Office, Wayne County District Attorney's Office and officers from the Lehigh Township Police Department served a search warrant at Gugliotta's residence. The officers searched the apartment but did not find any electronic devices and Gugliotta was not home. A neighbor told the officers that Gugliotta was a priest that resides in New Jersey and that he only stays at the Wayne County residence a few times a week.

On that same day, the Wayne County Detectives were able to determine that Gugliotta was a priest assigned to the Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church in Union, New Jersey which is part of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey.  Detectives called the church and spoke to Gugliotta, who stated that he was unable to come back to Pennsylvania until the following Monday because those were his scheduled days off. He described the Wayne County residence as his "day off place" where he goes on his time off.

The Wayne County Detectives traveled to Union, New Jersey and met with Detectives from the Union County, New Jersey Prosecutor's Office and later met with Gugliotta.  On October 20, 2016, criminal charges were approved by Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards and an arrest warrant was issued by Magisterial District Judge Carney. Officers with the Toms River, NJ Police Department located Gugliotta at a residence in Toms River that night and took him into custody as a fugitive from justice.  Arrangements are being made to have Gugliotta extradited back to Pennsylvania. 

 

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