Youth Wrestling Coach Sentenced To Over 7 Years In Prison For Distribution Of Child Pornography

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OAN’s Avril Elfie
10:05am – Saturday, March 30, 2024

A New Jersey youth wrestling coach has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for distributing child pornography.


Federal prosecutors have sentenced a former state champion and youth wrestling coach from New Jersey, who made a name for himself as the first openly gay college wrestler in NCAA history, to more than seven years in prison in a case involving images of children. He claims that he told him.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Thursday sentenced Alec Donovan, 26, of Brick, to 87 months in prison in federal court in Trenton for his previous guilty plea to charges related to distributing images of child sexual abuse. He announced that he had received it.

Prosecutors alleged that in the first four months of 2021, Donovan sent and received two videos showing images of prepubescent children being sexually abused through a web-based messaging app.

He also claimed he used the app to send nude photos requested by minors.

Prosecutors said U.S. District Judge Zahid Quraishi sentenced Donovan to prison plus 30 years of supervised release.

A 2017 article in Champion magazine, published by the NCAA, details Donovan’s attempts to mentor other gay wrestlers and his battle with depression in high school.

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