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Morris County man arrested for aggravated sexual assault, weapons offenses, other charges

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A Morris County man has been arrested on aggravated sexual assault, weapons offenses and other charges in Jefferson Township, according to Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.

It is alleged that a narcotics investigation led investigators to obtain a search warrant for 31-year-old Michael Figueroa’s residence in Jefferson Township, Carroll said.

The search resulted in the seizure of multiple handguns, pump action rifle, approximately 11 bricks of suspected heroin, weighing less than one half ounce, a bag of suspected cocaine weighing less than one half ounce, ammunition, and one digital scale, Carroll said.

Figueroa was charged on April 19 with two counts of second-degree certain persons not to have weapons, two counts of second-degree possession of a firearm while distributing drugs, two counts of third-degree possession of a CDS, two counts of third-degree possession of a CDS with intent to distribute, and fourth-degree possession with intent to distribute drug paraphernalia, Carroll said.

Following Figueroa’s arrest, investigators discovered material which depicted alleged sexual abuse of a child under 13-years-old on his smart phone, Carroll said.

It is alleged that the sexual assaults of this child occurred over the course of two years at Figueroa’s residence. Investigators also located additional images of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) on his phone, Carroll said.

Figueroa was charged on May 1 with four counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, three counts of second-degree sexual assault, two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child (sexual conduct and physical abuse), first-degree production of CSAM, second-degree endangering the welfare of a child (filming sexual act), and third-degree possession of CSAM, Carroll said.

The State filed a Motion for Pretrial Detention, which was granted following a Detention Hearing on May 5 and  as a result, Figueroa will remain in the Morris County Correctional Facility, in accordance with the Criminal Justice Reform Act, Carroll said.

Anyone with information related to this investigation, is encouraged to call the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200.

Jay Edwards

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