Monmouth County man indicted on child sexual assault charges

A grand jury recently indicted a Holmdel Township man on four counts of child sexual abuse. In addition to two charges of second degree sexual assault, which were based on alleged sexual contacts with a girl under the age of 13, the defendant was also charged with second degree  child endangerment and fourth degree lewdness.


Under the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, “sexual contact” is defined as “an intentional touching by the victim or actor, either directly or through clothing, of the victim’s or actor’s intimate parts for the purpose of degrading or humiliating the victim or sexually arousing or sexually gratifying the actor.” When the victim is less than 13 years old and the actor is at least four years older than the victim, sexual contact qualifies as second degree sexual assault and is punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison. N.J.S.A. §§ 2C:14-1, 2C:14-2.


Second degree child endangerment is also punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison. The crime can be committed when a person who has a legal duty to care for a child engages in sexual conduct which would impair or debauch the morals of the child. Second degree child endangerment also includes certain offenses relating to the production and distribution of child pornography. N.J.S.A. § 2C:24-4.


Fourth degree lewdness, also called “indecent exposure,” occurs when a person exposes his intimate parts for the purpose of arousing or gratifying his own sexual desire or that of anyone else when he knows or reasonably expects that he will be observed by a child who is less than 13 years old and where he is at least four years older than the child. The crime is punishable by up to 18 months in prison. N.J.S.A. § 2C:14-4.


In addition to these penalties, a person who is convicted of a child sexual abuse crime will also be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law. N.J.S.A. § 2C:7-2.


If you’ve been charged with child sexual assault in Monmouth County or anywhere else in New Jersey, you need a knowledgeable and skilled child sex abuse defense attorney who will fight to have your charges reduced or dismissed. You can contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo New Jersey Sex Crime Attorney, through the email form on my website, or call me at 1-866-664-8118 for a free and confidential consultation. As a former prosecutor and public defender with more than 35 years of experience, I know the tricks and tactics that the other side uses and the best strategies for protecting your rights. I will represent your interests aggressively and help to guide you through this difficult process.