FREEHOLD – A Wall Township man was arrested for sending sexually explicit messages to what he thought was a 14-year-old boy and requesting nude photographs of the juvenile who was actually an undercover police officer, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Kenneth Megill, 40, of Route 35 in Wall Township is charged with one count of third degree Attempted Endangering the Welfare of a Child for debauching the morals of a child and one count of third degree Promoting Obscenity to a Minor.
Megill utilized an online dating platform to attempt to send sexually explicit messages to what he believed to be a 14-year-old male high school student and requested nude photographs of the child. Megill was arrested and charged following an investigation by the Wall Township Police Department, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
If convicted of the third degree crimes, Megill faces a sentence of up to 5 years in New Jersey State prison on each charge. Upon his release from prison, he would be subject to the provisions of Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for Life.
Investigators are seeking additional information about Megill’s activities and looking to identify other possible victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Anthony Lacher of the Wall Township Police Department at 732-449-4500 extension 1186 or Detective Thomas Manzo of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-431-7160 extension 3028.
Anyone who wishes to make an anonymous report can call the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential tip-line at 1-800-671-4400. Tipsters can also text “MONMOUTH” and their tip to 274637 or they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com.
This case is assigned to Assistant Prosecutors Stephanie Dugan and Ellyn Rajfer.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.
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