Monday, November 28th, 2016
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, 23, of Mount Olive was arrested on Friday and subsequently charged with one count each of Human Trafficking, Promoting Prostitution, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morris Township.
The alleged victim in this matter is a 17 year old female. She reported to authorities that she was led to engage in prostitution by the defendant between the dates of Nov. 11 and Nov. 21, 2016. The victim alleged that Keenan would drive her to hotels in Mount Olive to engage in prostitution. After the sexual acts were completed, he would allegedly collect a portion of the proceeds for himself.
Bail was set for Keenan by Judge Brian J. Levine at $150,000. Judge Levine also issued a Nicole’s Law Restraining Order against the 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.