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Hunterdon County man exchanged explicit text messages, photos with underage girl, prosecutor says

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.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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