FREEHOLD - A man who called himself a pedophile and defended child sexual abuse as acts of civil disobedience was sentenced Friday to 46 years in prison
Gary Wolchesky, 28, of Middletown, used the Xbox Live gaming system to sexually abuse boys from 2008 to 2009 and was found guilty in November of 21 charges related to the sexual assault of minors, said Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni in an online statement. The charges included two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and four counts of second-degree child endangerment by manufacturing child pornography.
Wolchesky, who acted as his own lawyer but also had a stand-by attorney, delayed the case for years by filing motions contesting the case, Gramiccioni said. Before and during the trial, Wolchesky spurned what he saw as "the unfair treatment of pedophiles" and said he was "merely acting out of civil disobedience to advance the cause of pedophilia."
Jury selection began Oct. 13, Gramiccioni said, and four of Wolchesky's victims traveled from Florida, Massachusetts and North Carolina to testify.
Prosecutors said Wolchesky, who was 21 years old in 2009, befriended four boys between the ages of 10 and 15 and asked them to send naked pictures, as well as to masturbate and commit sexual acts on themselves, Gramiccioni said. The Xbox gaming system would save the boys' photos for a certain number of days before deleting them, and Gramiccioni said Wolchesky recorded himself opening the pictures and saved the footage to his computer's hard drive.
At least once, Gramiccioni said Wolchesky video chatted with a victim and convinced the boy to strip.
In court, Wolchesky said he never instructed the boys to commit sexual acts, Gramiccioni said. Wolchesky also said the boys consented.
The jury found Wolchesky guilty of all 21 charges.
Superior Court Judge Richard W. English, who handed down the sentencing Friday, mandated Wolchesky to serve 32 years, three months and 19 days before he will be eligible for parole. Wolchesky had been in the county jail since October 2009.
“The sexual abuse of a child is a heinous criminal act for which there is no justification," Gramiccioni said in the statement. "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."
CHILD RAPISTS 100 26 aprile 2017