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Man, 68, charged with possession, distribution of child sexual abuse material in Morris County

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A Lake Hopatcong man has been charged with possession and distribution of child sexual abuse material, according to Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.

William Mickel, 68, was charged on April 22 with one count of second-degree distribution of child sexual abuse material, and one count of third-degree possession of child sexual abuse material.

It is alleged that on or about January 25, Mickel was in possession of numerous videos and material depicting children in various prohibited sexual acts, constituting possession of child sexual abuse material. In addition, it is alleged that Mickel was not only in possession of the above materials, but that he distributed same, Carroll said.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office was first notified and alerted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

Mickel was charged and then transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility. Upon being formally advised of the charges against him, he was released pursuant to Criminal Justice Reform, and is pending a Pre-Indictment Conference on May 31, 2022, Carroll said.

Prosecutor Carroll would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, the Jefferson Police Department, the Chester Township Police Department, and members of the New Jersey State Police Task Force on Child Sexual Abuse for their efforts in the investigation and arrest of this defendant.

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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