Sexual Assault Charges in West Orange, Essex County

The Owner of a Popular West Orange Bar was Charged with Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of Children in Essex County.

New Jersey News reports the owner of a popular bar in West Orange is in Essex County jail after being charged with sexual assault and child endangerment of two 15-year-old boys.  The bar owner, 49, of West Orange, and his wife, were arrested at the bar he owned, Halligan’s Public House.  The man was charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.  He is being held at the Essex County Jail on $400,000 bail with no 10 percent option. The investigation into the bar owner and his wife began when one victim, now an adult, approached authorities.  West Orange police and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are jointly investigating the charges.

A conviction for sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, often called statutory rape, has severe criminal consequences.  Statutory rape is consensual sex with a minor who is too young to give his or her consent to having sex.  In New Jersey, the crime of statutory rape is charged as either sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault, depending on the age of the victim.  It is not a defense that the accused was not aware of the victim’s age when engaging in sexual activity.

A conviction for sexual assault could result in a prison sentence of up to 10 years. For aggravated sexual assault, the maximum prison sentence is 20 years. Additionally, people convicted of either of these crimes must register as sex offenders under Megan’s Law. This law requires you to give your name, whereabouts and a list of your crimes to the local community.  Additionally, a conviction of aggravated sexual assault requires registration for life.

I, Anthony N. Palumbo, a New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney, understand the workings of the law and can properly defend accused persons in sexual assault offenses as well as those who have been convicted of solicitation of a prostitute.  Visit my website,, for more information.  I have been defending individuals against sexual assault charges, including those involving minors, in New Jersey for almost four decades.  As a longstanding member of the legal community, a former prosecutor, and a current public defender, I can give you an honest assessment of the penalties you face and the best possible avenues of relief.  If you would like to discuss your case, freely and confidentially, with an experienced attorney at no obligation, contact me at 1-866-664-8118 for a free consultation.