Mount Olive Man Receives Additional Charges For Human Trafficking

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations John Speirs, Chief of Police Stephen Beecher of the Mount Olive Police Department, and Chief of Police Jeffrey Almer of the Washington Township Police Department announce additional charges against Michael Keenan of Mount Olive who was arrested for Human Trafficking.

On December 8, 2016, Keenan, 23 years old of age, was arrested and 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.

Keenan had previously been charged with Human Trafficking and Promoting Prostitution on November 23, 2016 for acts involving a 17 year old female. During the course of that investigation, detectives learned of an additional 17 year old victim. The second victim reported that Mr. Keenan drove her to hotels in the Township of Mount Olive to engage in prostitution and would then collect a portion of the proceeds for himself.

Bail was set for Mr. Keenan by the Honorable Catherine Enright at $250,000 with a no 10% option.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Washington Township Police Department, Mount Olive Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit for their joint efforts regarding this investigation.

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

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

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