NJ priest charged with uploading child pornography to internet chat room

Rev. Kegin Gugliotta, of Mahwah, is charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse of children. (Wayne County DA)

Rev. Kegin Gugliotta, of Mahwah, is charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse of children. (Wayne County DA)

HONESDALE, Pa. — A Roman Catholic priest from New Jersey has been charged in Pennsylvania with uploading child pornography to an internet chat room. His lawyer is attacking the probe and says the priest will “vigorously” defend himself.

The Rev. Kevin Gugliotta of Mahwah is charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography and 20 counts of dissemination of child pornography. He was arrested last week in Toms River, New Jersey, and is being held pending extradition to Pennsylvania.

Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards said Wednesday the images were uploaded from an internet address registered to Gugliotta in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania.

Gugliotta’s attorney, Jim Swetz, says it doesn’t appear investigators recovered the device Gugliotta allegedly used.

Gugliotta is parochial vicar at Holy Spirit Church in Union, New Jersey.