Mendham Borough Man Charged with Three Counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Mendham Borough Police Chief Pasquale Libertino announce that Thomas Gray Stanley III, 20 years old, of Mendham, New Jersey has been charged with one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Manufacture of Child Pornography), a crime of the Second Degree; one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Engaging in Sexual Conduct which would impair or debauch the morals of a child), a crime of the Third Degree; and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Possession of Child Pornography), a crime of the Fourth Degree.

It is alleged that defendant took a photograph with his cellphone of a person’s intimate part. The female victim was under the age of 16. He then allegedly uploaded the image to an online Flickr account, an image hosting and video hosting website. Upon discovery of the photograph, a representative of Flickr notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. An investigation led by Detective Edward Mitreuter of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office revealed that the defendant was the individual who took the photo and uploaded it.

The Honorable Gary F. Troxell, J.M.C. set bail at $75,000 no 10% cash, bond or property. Conditions of the bail are that the defendant is not to have contact with the victim or the victim’s family, the defendant cannot return to the victim’s school or vacation home, and is to not have contact with children under the age of 16. The defendant must also surrender his passport.

The investigation is on-going. Please contact the Mendham Borough Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-543-7827 or the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment unit at 973-285-6200 if you have any relevant information.

Acting Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and would like to thank Detective Edward Mitreuter of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit whose efforts contributed to this arrest, the Mendham Borough Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security (ICE).

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].