School board president faces child pornography charges

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DUNELLEN, N.J. (AP) — The school board president in a northern New Jersey town is facing child pornography charges.

State authorities say 67-year-old Phillip Heiney was arrested Tuesday morning at his Dunellen home after state and federal officials executed a search warrant. His bail was set at $75,000 cash.

Investigators allegedly found numerous images and videos of child porn during a preliminary examination of computers owned by Heiney. They seized more than 100 pieces of computer equipment.

Heiney's charged with possessing and distributing child porn. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Authorities say a state police detective went on a file-sharing network and downloaded two videos that showed adult males engaging in sex acts with underage girls The IP address sharing those videos was traced to Heiney's home.

An after-hours message left Tuesday for Heiney's attorney, William Ware of Chester, was not immediately returned.


This story has been corrected to show that Heiney could face up to 10 years in prison, not 25, as per authorities.

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