Twenty year jail term for Newark man who attacked two girls and a young woman in Essex County

NJ.com reports that a Newark man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to luring an 11 year old girl, kidnapping and assaulting a 14 year old girl, and kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 18 year old woman. According to prosecutors, he attempted to kidnap the 11 year old and the 14 year old on the same date, and separately abducted the 18 year old woman and sexually assaulted her while holding a box cutter to her head.

 

A person commits the crime of second degree luring if he attempts to lure or entice a child under the age of 18 into a motor vehicle, structure, or isolated area, or to meet or appear at any other place, with a purpose to commit a criminal offense (such as a sexual assault) with or against the child. A conviction for second degree luring carries a penalty of 5 to 10 years in prison.

 

Kidnapping is a more serious offense, and is committed when a person unlawfully removes another person from her home or business, or a substantial distance from the vicinity where she was taken, or if he unlawfully confines her for a substantial period, when his purpose is:

  • to facilitate the commission of any crime or flight thereafter;
  • to inflict bodily injury on or to terrorize the victim or another person;
  • to interfere with the performance of any governmental function; or
  • to permanently deprive a parent, guardian, or other lawful custodian of custody of the victim.

Kidnapping is usually classified as a first degree crime and is punishable by a term of 15 to 30 years in prison. Certain aggravating factors can result in a longer prison sentence, such as sexually assaulting a child victim during the kidnapping.

 

Sexual assault charges can be brought based on many different kinds of non-consensual sexual penetration, and may be charged as either first or second degree crimes based on the severity of the offense. Second degree sexual assault is upgraded to first degree aggravated sexual assault, however, if the offense is committed during the course of a kidnapping, as in this case. As a first degree crime, aggravated sexual assault is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, and a convicted offender also has to register for life as a sex offender under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law.

 

If you’ve been charged with luring, kidnapping, or sexual assault in Essex County or anywhere else in New Jersey, you need a knowledgeable sex crimes defense attorney who can advise you of the penalties you face, possible defenses, and the best course of action to take to avoid or minimize criminal penalties. Contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney, through the email form on my website www.palumbo-renaud.com, or call me at 1-866-664-8118 for a free and confidential consultation. As a former prosecutor and current defense lawyer with more than 35 years of experience, I know the best strategies for protecting your rights and I will help to guide you through this difficult process.