Jefferson Man Charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault, Related Charges

Published on May 08, 2023

Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Robert McNally, and Jefferson Township Police Chief Paul Castimore announce the arrest of Michael Figueroa, 31, of Jefferson Township, on Aggravated Sexual Assault and related charges.

It is alleged that a narcotics investigation led investigators to obtain a search warrant for Figueroa’s residence.  The search resulted in the seizure of multiple handguns, pump action rifle, approximately eleven (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. 

Figueroa was charged on April 19, 2023, 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 one count of fourth degree Possession with Intent to Distribute Drug Paraphernalia.

Following his arrest, investigators discovered material which depicted alleged sexual abuse of a child under 13 years of age on Figueroa’s smart phone. It is alleged that the sexual assaults of this child occurred over the course of two years at the defendant’s residence in Jefferson Township. Investigators also located additional images of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) on defendant’s phone.

On May 1, 2023, Figueroa was charged 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), one count of first degree Production of CSAM, one count of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Filming Sexual Act), and one count of third degree Possession of CSAM.

The State filed a Motion for Pretrial Detention, which was granted following a Detention Hearing on May 5, 2023.  As a result, Figueroa will remain in the Morris County Correctional Facility, in accordance with the Criminal Justice Reform Act. 

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Media inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Meghan Knab at  [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.



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