Gary Wolchesky, 28 of Middletown was sentenced to 46 years in state prison today for his conviction last November on 21 counts related to the sexual assaults of the boys, including two counts of first degree Aggravated Sexual Assault and four counts of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child by Manufacturing Child Pornography, according to a statement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
The sentence was imposed by Judge Richard W. English who could have sent Wolchesky away for 61 years.
Using his Xbox, Wolchesky befriended four boys during 2008 and 2009, and convinced the boys, between the ages of 10-15, to send their naked pictures to him. Wolchesky would also ask the boys to masturbate and instructed some of them to penetrate themselves. The Xbox message system only saved the photographs he received from the boys for a certain number of days, he would videotape himself opening the photographs that were messaged to him and saved that video to a computer hard drive. On at least one occasion he engaged in a video chat with a boy and convinced the boy to strip for him.
Before and during the trial, Wolchesky advocated against what he viewed as the unfair treatment of pedophiles.
“The sexual abuse of a child is a heinous criminal act for which there is no justification. This lengthy sentence provides a level of justice for the victims and their families. I want to commend them for their cooperation during trial and their bravery in standing up to this predator,” Gramiccioni said.
“Parents must talk to their children about the potential dangers of interacting with strangers on social media and gaming systems. Pay attention to your children’s online activities because a watchful eye is an added layer of defense against child predators,” Gramiccioni added.
Wolchesky has been in the custody of the Monmouth County Correctional Institution since his arrest in October of 2009.