Howell resident pleads guilty to 2012 sex assault on child

A Howell man has pleaded guilty to charges he sexually assaulted a toddler and electronically recorded the attack, Monmouth County Acting Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

Kevin Motyka, 23, pleaded guilty on March 9 to firstdegree aggravated sexual assault; three counts of seconddegree endangering the welfare of a child by causing or permitting a child to engage in child pornography, manufacturing child pornography and distributing child pornography; and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child by engaging in sexual conduct with a child.

Motyka was arrested in 2014 following an investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit, which was prompted by tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The investigation revealed Motyka sexually assaulted a 2-year-old boy between May and December 2012, and created photographs and video recordings of the attacks. The defendant also distributed child pornography of images that did not include his young victim, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, Motyka faces a sentence of 13 years in a New Jersey state prison and, pursuant to the No Early Release Act, must serve 85 percent of his sentence or approximately 11 years, two months and 20 days before being eligible for release on parole.

Motyka will be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison and subject to the provisions of Megan’s Law and parole supervision for life.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 5 before state Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mellaci Jr. Motyka remains incarcerated in the Monmouth County jail, Freehold Township, in lieu of bail set at $700,000 with no 10 percent option.