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Richard Matthew Baine surrendered his license temporarily

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EATONTOWN – A registered nurse surrendered his license temporarily following his March arrest on child pornography charges.

Richard Matthew Baine was arrested March 20, according to a statement from the office of Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino. The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office reported Baine was charged with downloading and distributing child pornography.

Eatontown man accused of distributing child pornography

Baine signed an order April 7 to surrender his license to the state Board of Nursing, which is responsible for regulating nursing in New Jersey, according to the statement from the attorney general's office. After the conclusion of the criminal prosecution, the board may take additional action. On the order Baine signed, he indicated he wasn't employed as a nurse, the document shows. John Schoonejongen, spokesperson for the attorney general's office, referred further comment to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. Charlie Webster, spokesperson for the prosecutor's office, declined to say where Baine worked as a nurse at the time of the alleged criminal conduct.

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“The exploitation of children, such as that alleged here, is one of the most serious crimes that can be committed," Porrino said in the statement. "When a nurse is facing these types of charges, the action taken by the board is not only appropriate, but necessary. We must protect the public from those who refuse to live up to the moral standards demanded as a condition of their licensure.”

“When alerted to these charges, the board moved quickly to secure the surrender of this nurse’s license,” Steve Lee, Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs said in the release. “It is important to maintain the integrity of the nursing profession, particularly in light of such serious charges. Public safety and confidence depend on it.”

Under order Baine signed, he must physically surrender his nursing license – both wallet and wall versions – to the board, according to the document he signed. He cannot present himself as a nurse or practice nursing in New Jersey until further order from the board.

Andrew Ford: 732-643-4821; aford3@gannettnj.com

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