Sting Operations and Luring in Sussex Borough

It is common for police to enter chat rooms and pose as minors to entice individuals to commit luring and solicitation crimes in New Jersey. A recent example of a sting operation in New Jersey took place after a Sussex Borough man was charged with luring an individual who he believed was a 14-year-old boy while on the internet. The alleged victim turned out to be an undercover police officer and the accused was charged with 16 counts of solicitation and sexual assault in New Jersey. In order to obtain the conviction for solicitation of a minor during a sting operation, the prosecution must prove that the accused had the intent to solicit a minor, not an adult police officer. The fact that the person with whom the accused chatted with was in fact an adult and not a child is not a defense to the crime. In New Jersey, the penalties for luring are severe and are even more severe if the accused has been previously convicted of the crime. A first offense is a second degree crime which results in 5-10 years in prison and a subsequent offense is a second degree crime with a minimum prison term of one-third to one-half of the sentence imposed. With penalties this severe, a person facing luring charges in New Jersey should obtain an experienced sex crimes defense attorney as soon as possible.