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Mount Olive Twp. man accused of prostituting a 17-year-old girl

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (Morris County) – A 23-year-old township man has been arrested after he allegedly prostituted a 17-year-old girl in Mount Olive.

Michael Keenan was arrested early Thanksgiving morning and was charged with one count of first degree human trafficking, one count of first degree promoting prostitution and one count of third degree endangering the welfare of a child, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Mount Olive Police Chief Stephen Beecher.

The female told authorities that she was led to engage in prostitution by Keenan between the dates of November 11, 2016 and November 21, 2016. The victim alleged that Keenan would drive her to hotels in Mount Olive to engage in such prostitution and then after the sexual acts were completed, he would allegedly collect a portion of the proceeds for himself, Knapp said.

Keenan’s bail was set at $150,000 and he was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility. A Nicole’s Law restraining order was also issued against Keenan barring any contact with the victim, Kanpp said.

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.

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By: Jay Edwards
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