HIGH BRIDGE BOROUGH, NJ (Hunterdon County) – A Hunterdon County man has been charged after he allegedly exchanged explicit text messages and photos with an underage girl, according to acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Michael J. Williams.
A joint investigation by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victim Unit, High Bridge Police Department, and New Jersey State Division of Parole revealed that Michael F. Roach, 32, of Flemington was having an inappropriate relationship with an underage female, Williams said.
Roach exchanged explicit text messages and photographs with an underage female victim, Williams said.
Roach was charged with third-degree endangering the welfare of a child for engaging in sexual conduct with a child and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child for possessing items depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of a child, Williams said.
A further investigation revealed evidence of witness tampering by Roach as he tried to conceal contact between himself and the victim. He was charged on March 29 with third-degree witness tampering, and is being held at the Warren County Correctional Facility, Williams said.