Arrested for Sexual Assault of a Child in New Jersey

A handful of fresh sexual assault charges have arisen over the past week in New Jersey resulting in the arrest of a 61-year-old pastor for allegedly engaging in acts of sexual penetration with an under-aged female on more than one occasion over the past couple of years. The man was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault, three counts of sexual assault, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child in New Jersey. Aggravated Sexual Assault is a first degree charge which carries 10 to 20 years in prison. Sexual Assault is a second degree charge which carries 5 to 10 years in prison. And endangering the welfare of a child is a second degree crime if the alleged abuser has a legal duty to care for the child and a third degree crime if there is no legal duty to care for the child. Whether the pastor had a legal duty to care for this child depends on many facts including whether this particular child was under the supervision of the pastor at the church. However, in the interest of the child’s welfare, nothing about her identity, including her age or how the alleged assault was discovered has been revealed.