Middlesex County karate instructor sentenced to three years in prison for sex assaults

According to NorthJersey.com, a former New Brunswick High School karate teacher was sentenced to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of criminal sexual contact. Both offenses involved 16 year old girls, and in addition to the prison sentence, the karate instructor will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

It’s considered second degree sexual assault for a person to commit an act of sexual penetration with a victim who is at least 16 but less than 18 years old when the actor has some supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim. Such an offense can also be charged as second degree criminal sexual contact.

Although the sentence for a second degree crime usually ranges from 5 to 10 years in prison, the term of incarceration can be reduced, as in this case, for first-time offenders if the prosecutor and the sentencing court agree that doing so would serve the interests of justice.

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 sex crimes charges in Middlesex County or anywhere else in New Jersey, contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney, through the email form on my website or 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 defenses and tactics that the other side uses and the best strategies for protecting your rights.