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Hanover Township Man Faces Charges for Alleged Online Misconduct with Child

Hanover Township Resident Faces Serious Charges Following Alleged Online Misconduct with Minor

In a concerning development from Morris County, Brian J. Cariddi, 39, of Hanover Township, finds himself facing several charges stemming from his online interactions with a nine-year-old child from North Carolina. This case, announced by Morris County Prosecutor Robert Carroll, Chief of Detectives Robert McNally, and Hanover Township Police Chief Michael Loock, highlights the dangers of internet communication and the vigilance of law enforcement agencies in protecting minors.

Between December 11, 2022, and January 10, 2023, Cariddi allegedly engaged in sexually explicit conversations with the young male victim, exposing himself during these online interactions and soliciting indecent images from the child. This serious allegation has prompted a thorough investigation, which remains ongoing. To protect the young victim's identity, officials have withheld further details and the child's name.

Cariddi's arrest on March 8, 2024, has led to charges including one count of second-degree Attempted Endangering the Welfare of a Child – Production of CSAM, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1a(3)/2C:24-4b(3), one count of third-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child – Sexual Conduct, and one count of fourth-degree Lewdness, according to New Jersey statutes.

Following the principles of the Criminal Justice Reform Act, Cariddi is currently detained at the Morris County Correctional Facility, awaiting future court proceedings. This case has seen collaboration among several law enforcement bodies, notably the Hanover Township Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Authorities urge anyone with information related to this incident to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at 973-285-6200. 

It's crucial to remember that a criminal complaint is merely an accusation, and despite these serious charges, Cariddi is presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. 

This case underscores the ongoing efforts to safeguard children from online dangers and the importance of community awareness and cooperation in these efforts.

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