James J. Keenan, 47, the retired Middletown Police Officer arrested on federal child sex trafficking charges last week, was released to the custody of his mother, Katherine Fowlie, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovani on Monday afternoon during a bond hearing in Trenton Federal Court.
Fowlie is the widow of former Middletown Police Chief William Fowlie, Keenan’s step-father.
Keenan and Fowlie co-signed a $50,000 unsecured bond as a condition of the release. Additionally, Keenan is subject to 24 hour per day home confinement with electronic monitoring, is prohibited from having unsupervised contact with minor children, must refrain from using alcohol or drugs, be tested for substance abuse, and must restrict his travel–as approved by pre-trail services– to the State of New Jersey and the District of Oregon for Court Purposes. His computer usage is restricted and he surrendered his passport.
Keenan was indicted by a Oregon Federal Grand Jury for Child Sex Trafficking, Attempted Child Sex Trafficking and Attempted Enticement on April 5, 2018. He is accused of knowingly inducing a 17 year old Beaverton, Oregon female to engage in a commercial sex act on March 9 and attempting to repeat the offense of March 20.
On March 30, after being questioned by authorities regarding his activities with the 17 year old girl, Keenan fled his Vancouver, Washington home, for Hazlet where he own a home on W. Susan Street. He was arrested in Hazlet on April 11.
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