Mount Olive Man Arrested for Human Trafficking Teen Girl

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Mount Olive Police Chief Stephen Beecher announce the arrest of a Mount Olive man for Human Trafficking.

Michael Keenan, a 23 years-old male from Mount Olive, New Jersey, was arrested earlier this morning and subsequently charged with one count of Human Trafficking, in violation of N.J.S 2C:13-8(a)3, a crime of the first degree, one count of Promoting Prostitution, in violation of N.J.S 2C:34-1b(3), a crime of the first degree, and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:24-4(a)1, a crime of the third degree. Defendant was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility.

The alleged victim in this matter is a 17 year old female who reported that she was led to engage in prostitution by Defendant between the dates of November 11, 2016 and November 21, 2016. The victim alleged that Defendant would drive her to hotels in Mount Olive to engage in such prostitution. After the sexual acts were completed, Defendant would allegedly collect a portion of the proceeds for himself.

Bail was set for Defendant by the Honorable Brian J. Levine, J.M.C. at $150,000. Judge Levine also issued a Nicole’s Law Restraining Order against Defendant.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Mount Olive Police Department, specifically Detective Hunter Guiles, as well as members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective/Supervisor Marshall Wang of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit of the at 973-285-6200.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, this Defendant is presumed innocent unless he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Livingston Man Sentenced for Domestic Violence Incident

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations John Speirs announce that Donald Ebert, age 58, of Livingston, New Jersey was sentenced today by the Honorable James DeMarzo, to (7) years in New Jersey State Prison with three (3) years of parole ineligibility on a charge of Second Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. He was also sentenced to (4) years in New Jersey State Prison for Third Degree Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon to run concurrent to count one.

The Defendant, Donald Ebert pleaded guilty to the charges on October 16, 2015 in connection with a shooting incident that occurred on February 1, 2013 in Morristown, New Jersey involving his former girlfriend. The Defendant admitted to illegally possessing a handgun and striking the victim in the head with the handgun causing a wound to the back of her head. During the incident, Defendant admitted that the gun discharged twice. The victim was left at the Morristown Medical Center where she received medical treatment for her wound. Defendant fled and was later apprehended at his home in Livingston where he barricaded himself inside for nearly six hours. Numerous police departments responded to the scene and after several hours of negotiation with the Livingston Police Department, Defendant was apprehended without incident.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Morristown, Florham Park, East Hanover, Livingston and Belleville Police Departments, West Orange First Aid, Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office – Domestic Violence Unit for their efforts leading to this prosecution.

Prosecutor Knapp stated, “Domestic violence is an extremely serious problem in our society. This office will continue protecting victims of domestic violence, ensuring their rights are protected and that perpetrators of abhorrent acts such as this defendant are prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.”

Prosecutor Welcomes another United States Military Veteran to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office

In honor of Veterans Day, several years ago Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp began the annual tradition of recognizing U.S. Military Veterans who serve in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, he and his command staff recognized Assistant Prosecutor Robert Preziosi as the newest military veteran to join the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. As part of this recognition, Assistant Prosecutor Preziosi was added to the honor roll of military veterans serving in the Prosecutor’s Office.

Currently, there are (12) members who are U.S. Veterans. The following list identifies the member, and the respective military branch where they served.

Chief of Staff Daniel Pfeiffer: U.S. Army
Captain Robert McNally: U.S. Marines
Lieutenant Harrison Dillard: U.S. Army
Lieutenant Edward Jones: U.S. Air Force
Detective Supervisor Michael Gomez: U.S. Army
Detective Janet Thai: U.S. Marines
Detective Ed Mitreuter: U.S. Marines
Detective Jimmy Atoche: U.S. Army
Assistant Prosecutor Julian Hill: U.S. Army
Assistant Prosecutor Robert Preziosi: U.S. Army
Director Al Imperiale: U.S. Army
Agent John Jespersen: U.S. Marines

“All United States Military Veterans have sacrificed so much for our country by dedicating themselves to a larger cause. It is my privilege to embrace the celebration of Veterans Day by honoring each veteran who currently serves in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. Their selfless service to society did not stop at the end of their military careers, but continues as members of the Prosecutor’s Office,” said Prosecutor Knapp.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at [email protected] or (973) 285-6215.