Ocean County corrections officer leaves job after being charged with prostitution

According to the Asbury Park Press, an Ocean County corrections officer left his post after being administratively charged with “conduct unbecoming an officer” for allegedly meeting with a prostitute at a Toms River hotel. Although he wasn’t officially charged with any crimes, the corrections officer could have lost his job because the prostitute he allegedly met with was formerly incarcerated in the prison where he worked, and corrections officers are prohibited from fraternizing with current or former inmates.


Prostitution is defined in New Jersey as “sexual activity with another person in exchange for something of economic value, or the offer or acceptance of an offer to engage in sexual activity in exchange for something of economic value.” Soliciting someone to engage in prostitution is generally a fourth degree crime, punishable by up to 18 months in prison, but charges involving minors can result in more severe penalties.


The mere accusation that a person has engaged in prostitution can be enough to destroy that person’s reputation forever, and as this case shows, it can also result in disciplinary and other non-criminal charges that could result in employment termination or the loss of other benefits.


If you’ve been accused of prostitution or any other sex crime in New Jersey, you can contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney, through the email form on my website or at 1-866-664-8118. As a criminal defense lawyer with extensive experience defending people accused of sex crimes, I can speak to you confidently and accurately about the criminal and administrative penalties you might be facing. And even if you decide not to retain my services, the consultation is free and confidential, so you can get answers to your most private questions.