Morris Township Man Charged with Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Materials

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MORRIS COUNTY —  Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker, and Morris Township Acting Chief Robert Shearer announce the arrest of Michael Rave, 53, of Morris Township.

The defendant has been charged with one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Materials (CSAM)) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4b(5)biii, a third-degree offense; four counts of Promoting Obscene Material, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:34-3b(2), a third-degree offense; and four counts of Criminal Sexual Contact, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3b, a fourth-degree offense.

The investigation began with a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), referencing video files allegedly depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.

It is alleged that Defendant was in possession of numerous videos of himself engaged in an online chat website called “Omegle,” wherein he allegedly exposed himself to several 14-year-old victims.

The victims in these instances have been identified by law enforcement. Rave was arrested on the above charges on May 26, and after his arrest, was 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 June 28, 2022.

Prosecutor Carroll would like to thank the Morris Township Police Department, Department of Homeland Security, Morris County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT), New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Unit for their efforts in the investigation and arrest of this defendant.

Editor’s Note: An arrest or the signing of a criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.