MAYS LANDING- An Absecon man who was indicted in October 2018, on child pornography charges has been sentenced to New Jersey state prison, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Edward Bonek, 50, pleaded guilty in December to Endangering the Welfare of a Child by Distributing Child Pornography and Possession of an Assault Firearm. Bonek has also agreed to forfeit his principal and teacher’s licenses.
Bonek was sentenced to 8 years in New Jersey state prison and must serve 5 years before he is eligible for parole. He was also sentenced to a concurrent sentence of 5 years and to serve 3 1/2 years pursuant to the Graves Act.
On Oct. 23, 2018, Bonek was indicted on the following charges:
- Endangering Welfare of a Child – Possession of Child Pornography 2nd degree
- Endangering Welfare of a Child – Distribution of Child Pornography 1st degree
- Endangering Welfare of a Child – Possession with Intent to Distribute Child Pornography 1st degree
- Endangering Welfare of a Child – Distribution of Child Pornography via a file-sharing program 1st degree
- Official Misconduct – 2nd degree
- Unlawful Possession of an Assault Firearm – 2nd degree
- Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Ammunition Magazine – 4th degree
In August 2018, Bonek, was charged with the following after a search warrant was executed at his home:
1) Endangering Welfare of Children – Possession of Child Pornography (3rd)
2) Endangering Welfare of Children – Distribution of Child Pornography (2nd)
3) Endangering Welfare of Children – Poss w/ intent Distribute Child Pornography (2nd)
4) Endangering Welfare of Children – Maintaining a file sharing program making Child Pornography available for distribution (2nd)
5) Official Misconduct (2nd)
Assistant Prosecutor Dave Ruffenech represented the state in the matter.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.