26 year old religious studies instructor charged with sexually assaulting 17 year old in Middlesex County

A 26 year old Brooklyn man who volunteered as a Islamic studies instructor at the Al-Minhaal Academy in South Plainfield was  recently arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 17 year old girl. The suspect, who stopped working at the academy in June, is being held at the Middlesex County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.


Sexual assault is a second degree crime in New Jersey and is punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison, severe fines, and possible inclusion in the state sex offender registry, depending on the severity of the crime. If the man in this case had supervisory authority over the girl as part of his job as a religious instruction, his offense could be upgraded to first degree aggravated sexual assault, which carries penalties of up to 20 years in jail and requires lifetime registration as a sex offender.


If you’ve been charged a sex crime in Middlesex County or anywhere else in New Jersey, you need a knowledgeable and skilled New Jersey sex crimes defense attorney who will fight to have your charges dismissed or downgraded. Being accused of sexual assault can have serious consequences, and even if you’re innocent, the mere accusation can cost you your professional and personal reputation. If you need assistance in defending yourself against sexual assault charges, contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, 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..