Charged with Sexual Assault in Union County

Last week a 20-year-old man was charged with first-degree sexual assault and second-degree sexual assault in New Jersey after his sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl came to the attention of the Union County Prosecutor.   The accused met the girl on the internet and thereafter, they met several times around Union County to allegedly engage in acts of sexual penetration.  The information was revealed to the police after one of the girl’s parents became aware of the incident.

In New Jersey, first degree child sex abuse is the same crime as aggravated sexual assault of a child.  A conviction carries 10 to 20 years in prison.  It can occur two general ways: (1) An adult commits an act of sexual penetration with a person who is under 13-years-old; or (2) An adult commits an act of sexual penetration with a person who is 13 to 16-years-old; and one of the following situations exists: (a) The adult is related to the victim by blood or affinity to the third degree; (b) the adult has supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim based on his legal, professional, or occupational relationship with the victim; or (c) the adult is a resource family parent, a guardian, or stands in loco parentis within the household.

In New Jersey, second degree child sex abuse is the same as second degree sexual assault of a child. A conviction carries 5 to 10 years in prison.  It can occur two general ways: (1) An adult commits sexual penetration with a child who is 13 to 16-years-old, and the actor is at least four years older than the victim; or (2) The victim is 16 to 18-years-old and one of the following circumstances exist: (a) The adult is related to the victim by blood or affinity to the third degree; or (b) the adult has supervisory or disciplinary power of any nature or in any capacity over the victim; or (c) the adult is a resource family parent, a guardian, or stands in loco parentis within the household.

In New Jersey, first degree child abuse is considered aggravated sexual assault and carries a lifelong registration penalty under Megan’s Law.  Thus, if the young man is convicted of first degree sexual assault, he will be forced to register under Megan’s law for life.

My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey sex crime attorney and if you have been charged with first degree sexual assault or child abuse in New Jersey, the penalties you face won’t end after incarceration.  Megan’s law is possibly the severest part of a first degree sexual assault conviction because it stays with you for life.  If you are involved in a situation that you feel may result in allegations of child abuse, contact an attorney immediately to find out how to protect your rights today.  Call 1-866-664-8118 for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey sex crime attorney or visit my website at www.palumborenaud.com.
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