Michael W. Froehlich, 29, of the first block of Lady Diana Circle, was charged with four counts of Endangering Welfare of Children. Two of the counts were second degree charges and two were third degree. He was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Fourth Degree), for having more than 50 grams of marijuana.
The investigation began in January 2017 when the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office High- Tech Crimes Unit received intelligence from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children concerning the defendant’s online activities.
The investigation revealed that an image of a pre-pubescent nude male was uploaded by the defendant and shared in an online chat room.
A search warrant was executed this morning at Froehlich’s residence by detectives from the Prosecutor’s Office and the Evesham Township Police Department. A thumb drive containing numerous images of child pornography was seized along with other digital storage devices that will be analyzed.
Froehlich was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Burlington County Jail pending a detention hearing in Superior Court. The charges will be presented to a Burlington County Grand Jury to be considered for indictment.
The case was investigated by Detective Sgt. Dave Kohler, who heads the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office High-Tech Crimes Unit. The unit is a member of the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and the New Jersey State Police Cyber Terrorism Task Force.
All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.