Manalapan man indicted on child sex abuse charges

A Monmouth County man was indicted earlier this month on charges of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. According to a report from Manalapan Patch, the man is accused of committing an act of sexual penetration with a child under the age of 13, as well as engaging in sexual contact with a child for whom he was legally responsible. The alleged crimes occurred in Freehold Township and Englishtown.

 

Child sexual assaults can lead to severe penalties under the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice. Committing an act of sexual penetration with a victim who is less than 13 years old is classified as first degree aggravated sexual assault and is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, and committing an act of sexual contact with a victim under 13 years old can be charged as second degree sexual assault, which carries penalties of 5 to 10 years in prison. Additionally, if the actor engages in sexual conduct with a child under the age of 16 and he has a legal duty to care for the child, as is alleged in this case, he can also be charged with second degree child endangerment, an offense punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison.

 

In addition to these penalties, convicted child sex offenders must also register as sex offenders under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law. This can be one of the most difficult parts of a child sex abuse case because registration is very public and can continue after prison or even permanently, severely damaging offenders’ reputations and making it difficult for them to obtain housing and employment.

 

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 abuse defense attorney who will fight to have your charges reduced or dismissed. You can contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney, through the email form on my website, or call me at 1-866-664-8118 for a free and confidential consultation. I will represent your interests aggressively and help to guide you through this difficult process, and as a former prosecutor and public defender with more than 35 years of experience, I can give you an honest assessment of the charges you face and the best possible strategies for protecting your rights.