Ocean Gate Man Arrested in Connection with Abusing Two Children

Abuse allegedly took place in a Brick home a decade ago, law enforcement officials said.

A 41-year-old Ocean Gate man has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing two children in a Brick Township home a decade ago, and officials with the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office are asking that anyone else with information come forward.

Michael LeTrent III, 41, of Ocean Gate, was arrested for abusing the two children - who were then 6 and 12 years of age - after about a 10-day search for him, officials with the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office announced in a press release today.

The release noted that in late May, LeTrent’s alleged female victim reported the abuse to Brick Township police, who in turn notified Det. Stephanie Bayha of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Unit.  

On June 1, two detectives went to LeTrent’s home to interview him in reference the allegations, and advised his girlfriend that they needed to speak with him.

After "several attempts" to reach him, law enforcement officials issued a warrant for LeTrent's arrest, and on June 11, LeTrent surrendered himself to the Manchester Township Police Department. 

LeTrent has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.  

Bail was set at $500,000 with no 10% option by Ocean County Superior Court Judge Hodgson.

According to the press release, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Brick Township Police Department are encouraging any other people with information about the case to contact either the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit at 732-929-2027 or the Brick Township Police Department at 732-477-8300.

WMS826 June 13, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Glad to know that he will be released someday and not given the death penalty. God forbid our society is without drug sellers and child rapers.
RCL67 June 13, 2013 at 11:53 PM
oh come on... they have rights too. * sarcastic* Don't worry, even prisoners have a 'code'. He'll get his !
Lee June 14, 2013 at 02:37 AM
People are sick! You don't do this to any kid. What the hell is wrong with you?
The Patch Man June 14, 2013 at 02:39 AM
agreed with RCL 67 this guy is as good as dead there is a system in prison and these inmates normally don't stand a fighting chance and it sucks that rape carries a statute of limitations to 5 years i wonder what the actual charge was not that it matters, as long as they can get him behind bars our wonderful corrections system and as a society even though we look down on those incarcerated they always seem to take special care of these baby rapers with extra attention for us. sleep tight buddy you were safer 6 feet in the ground then in prison they are gunna rip him from limb to limb
Bob June 14, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Some things never change. That's about the time he got out of prison for statutory rape...
KC June 14, 2013 at 03:50 AM
Agree, statute of limitation sucks, especially considering those kids are now just approaching the age of adult reasoning. Leave it to some liar lawyer to come up with that law.
Cherry Quay resident June 14, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Another POS that should be planted.
Shane June 14, 2013 at 06:03 PM
If its been ten years, drop it. None of you know these people. The allegations are false. Michael did not touch those children. Those 'kids' are lying. Michael is a hard working man and doesn't deserve this bull. All of you people are so quick to judge him.. I know for a fact this is bull. All because he wouldn't pay an ex.. She will get hers and her kids will too. #FreeMichael!!
Maggie June 14, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Why would a 12 year old wait a decade before coming forward? Why did alter boys wait 10 or 15 years after supposedly being raped? A 12 and 15 year old are old enough to know better and old enough to tell their parents. So I ask again, why did decades past before anyone spoke up? Just saying.
concerned June 14, 2013 at 07:20 PM
it makes no difference the time that's passed, if the victims are ready to divulge , so be it. time to start healing!
Shane June 14, 2013 at 09:48 PM
There is no 'healing' when an innocent man is doing time for something he didn't do!
Caroline Redbrook June 15, 2013 at 12:18 AM
You obviously have no concept of what it means to be victimized by a pedophile. The only way of copying is to try to forget. These innocent victims spend their lives trying to repress the horrifying memories. To come forward means to drag that all up and again and is the equivalent of reliving it. It is amazing that some do find the strength to come forward at all. Let's hope that none of your family members go through such an experience through which you might gain more understanding of the victim's plight.
Caroline Redbrook June 15, 2013 at 12:19 AM
This case as well as the cases of accused pedophiles Sylvain Kustyan, Ariel Castro and Jerry Sandusky show that we must catch them BEFORE they prey on our innocent children for years! Castro and Sandusky are behind bars, but Kustyan (formally charged with two counts each of 1st Degree Sodomy and Sexual Abuse of a ten-year-old little boy) fled the US and is currently a fugitive from the law. Kustyan, formerly of Tuscaloosa, AL and France, is thought to be in Europe. As the recidivism rate among pedophiles is virtually 100% it is imperative that we stop them ASAP!
Maggie June 15, 2013 at 01:49 PM
@Caroline, if someone is guilty of raping a child, that individual should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. I understand no one would want to relive that horror. If someone was sexually assaulted decades ago, why come forward years later?
Caroline Redbrook June 15, 2013 at 06:30 PM
I'm not sure that you are truly interested in an answer to your question which shows a total lack of compassion for the victims. Ten years is a very short time. Coming forward is probably the most emotionally draining action that a victim will take in their lifetime. One person close to me took 20 to approach the police and still has not been able to tell his mother or his wife just what happened. He came forward when he spotted the pervert with another young boy and realized that maybe only his testimony could stop the pervert from harming other innocent young boys. Another close friend took 49 years to come forward and when he did he bawled and bawled and wretched and wretched for nearly a half an hour. I am the person that he came forward to, so I have "liived" their pain, felt their anguish and I know how hard it was for them. As I said, I hope you do not have to live the pain of as the mother of a victim in order to gain the human compassion that you so seem to be lacking.
Tracy Goldman June 21, 2013 at 05:54 PM
For your information Bob,,, Michael was NEVER charged with statutory rape back in 1991...The charge was dropped to endangerment due to the fact that the girl he was with was 16 years old...Try getting your facts straight before you assume...


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