Gloucester County ProsecutorGloucester County Prosecutor's Office

Criminal Justice Complex
P.O.Box 623
Woodubury, NJ 08096
Phone: (856) 384-5500

8/9/2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #080919.1
Subject :

Child Exploitation Arrest
Contact :Tom Gilbert    609-947-5869

PRESS RELEASE                                                  

August 8, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Chief Thomas Gilbert - PIO - GCPO

Phone:  609-947-5869

Re.: Child Exploitation Arrest

 

Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles Fiore announces that Mekhi Clarke, (DOB 12/14/1995) of Washington Township, NJ, was arrested on August 7, 2019 and charged with  2nd Degree Sexual Assault and 3rd Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  This arrest is the result of a cooperative investigation by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and the Washington Township Police Department, led by Chief Patrick Gurcsik. 

This arrest resulted from an investigation into allegations of an 8/5/19 incident at the Kohls Department Store, where Clarke, a Kohls employee, approached and inappropriately touched a juvenile customer in an intimate part of the body.  Through the cooperation of Kohls’ management, Clarke was positively identified, located and arrested on the aforementioned charges. Clark was processed and subsequently remanded to the Salem County Jail pending a Detention Hearing.

Also of note is a July 26, 2019 arrest of Mekhi Clarke by the Washington Township Police Department for an incident taking place at the Lowes store in Washington Township on May 13, 2019.  As the result of an exhaustive investigation by the Washington Township Police Department into the May 13th incident, Clarke, then a Lowes employee, was identified as having “upskirted” a female customer utilizing a cellular phone with camera capability.  He was subsequently arrested for the May 13th incident, and charged with 3rd Degree Invasion of Privacy.

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 their rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State Law.

In announcing these arrests, Prosecutor Fiore and Chief Gurcsik encourage any individuals who have information related to these two incidents, or similar incidents, to contact either Detective Tom Myers of WTPD at (856) 589-0330, ext. 1136, or Detective Michael Bielski of the GCPO at (856) 384-5645. Prosecutor Fiore and Chief Gurcsik are committed to aggressively investigate and prosecute cases involving the exploitation of women and children, and remind everyone of the need for them to be hyper-vigilant of the risks that come with today’s ease of access to the internet, cell phones and multiple social media platforms. 

 

 

 



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