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NCAA's First Openly Gay Wrestler Jailed 7 Years for Distributing Child Porn and more

A New Jersey youth wrestling coach who was the first openly gay wrestler on the NCCA has been sentenced to seven years in prison for disturbing child pornography.

Alec Donovan was sentenced on Thursday to serve 87 months in federal prison after he was found guilty of distributing child porn.

U.S. District Judge Zahid N. Quraishi also sentenced Donovan to 30 years of supervised release.


A youth wrestling coach and referee from Brick was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for distributing images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said Friday.

Alec Donovan, 26, who was also a state wrestling champion when he was a student at Brick Memorial High School in 2015, pleaded guilty last June to the child pornography charge. U.S. District Court Judge Zahid N. Quraishi sentenced Donovan on Thursday.

Between Jan. 17, 2021, and March 20, 2021, Donovan used various accounts with a messaging app to exchange multiple images and videos of child sexual abuse online, which included depictions of prepubescent and teenage boys, some who appeared to be as young as 8, according to FBI Special Agent Brian Salamone, in the signed complaint against Donovan on Aug. 3, 2021.

Donovan also sought out online conversations with juveniles and requested nude photos of them. He also sent nude photos to them, according to the complaint