Following a two month long investigation, Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo, Merchantville Police Chief Wayne Bauer and Cherry Hill Police Chief William Monaghan announce that on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Anthony M. Woods, a 20 year old West Long Branch resident, was arrested. He has been charged with twenty-two criminal offenses including Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child which occurred on diverse dates between May 1, 2017 through July 1, 2017 in Merchantville and Cherry Hill, NJ.
The investigation revealed Woods met a 12 year old female over the Internet. Through their Internet communication, Woods had directed the exchange of sexually explicit photographs and videos with this 12 year old victim. Woods also elicited the victim’s home address, picked her up at her residence in Cherry Hill and drove her to Merchantville where he sexually assaulted her.
As a result, law enforcement executed two search warrants on the morning of August 15, 2017 of Woods’ residence and his motor vehicle. The search warrants revealed electronic devices which were seized from Woods’ residence to be further analyzed at the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. Woods’ motor vehicle was also seized as evidence.
This investigation was a result of the collaborative efforts of Detectives from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims and Crime Scene Units, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, the Merchantville Police Department, the West Long Branch Police Department, and the Cherry Hill Police Department.
Woods was processed and remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility pending Centralized First Appearance and the following Pre-Trial Detention Hearing in accordance with the New Jersey Bail Reform. Under recent criminal justice reform rules, the court may order Woods to be detained without bail or released with conditions.
All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Released Wednesday, August 16, 2017