Megan’s Law is the name for a federal law, and informal name for subsequent state laws, in the United States requiring law enforcement authorities to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders.
LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A paroled sex offender was arrested for using Facebook, which violated a provision of his parole agreement, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.
Michael Christ Wenk, 40, was arrested Wednesday night at his home in Little Egg Harbor Township, said Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office. Authorities were alerted of Wenk’s activity once an anonymous tip was sent to the state “Offender Watch” tip line and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Facebook page.
Wenk was arrested after an investigation by Joseph Riaves, a state parole officer, and John Argento and Michael LePore, who are detectives with the Megan’s Law Unit at the county prosecutor’s office, Della Fave said.
The investigation showed Wenk was active on social media, which was a direct violation of his lifetime parole supervision. He had created a Facebook page under the name Christopher Lewis with his own picture.
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Wenk was imprisoned twice for sexually assaulting a victim between 13 and 16 years old, according to public records. His first stint in prison was from Dec. 2008 to May 2014; his second time was from Feb. 2016 to Sept. 2016.
Wenk was released on parole for his second sentence, which he served at the Central Reception and Assignment Facility in West Trenton.
Della Fave said lifetime parole supervision is common for sex offenders, especially for someone like Wenk, who is a repeat offender. Social media bans are a common condition of these parole supervisions, Della Fave said, and offenders are prohibited by law enforcement agencies from using all forms of social media.
“The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Megan’s Unit is one of the few county agencies to have state parole officers permanently on staff to prosecute and provide oversight of Megan’s Law offenders,” Della Fave stated in a statement.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office asked that anyone with information concerning Megan’s Law violations call 732-929-2027, ext. 2903, or place a tip at njsp.org. All tips can be anonymous.
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