Essex County man arrested for allegedly exposing himself to young girl

As reported by NJ.com, an Essex County man was arrested after allegedly approaching a young girl and touching himself through his open pants while talking to her. The man, who has been arrested for indecent exposure several other times, was charged with criminal sexual contact, endangering the welfare of a child, and indecent exposure in front of a minor.

Under the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, “sexual contact” is defined as “an intentional touching by the victim or actor, either directly or through clothing, of the victim’s or actor’s intimate parts for the purpose of degrading or humiliating the victim or sexually arousing or sexually gratifying the actor.” When the victim is less than 13 years old, as in this case, criminal sexual contact qualifies as second degree sexual assault and is punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison.

Touching oneself in front of a child who is less than 16 years old also constitutes third degree child endangerment, which carries a penalty of 3 to 5 years in prison, and fourth degree lewdness/indecent exposure, which is punishable by up to 18 months in prison.

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