Monmouth County man sentenced to 15 years for luring and child endangerment convictions

A Monmouth County man who was convicted of luring a teenage girl into his home and having inappropriate sexual contact with her was sentenced to 15 years in prison, the Asbury Park Press reports. Although the most serious charge carried a 5 to 10 year sentence, the judge imposed an extended term based on the offender’s prior criminal record.

 

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 against the child. A conviction for second degree luring carries a penalty of 5 to 10 years in prison.

 

The offense of endangering the welfare of a child applies when an actor engages in a prohibited sexual act with a child who is less than 16 years old. “Prohibited sexual acts” include not just sexual penetration, but also bestiality, sadism, masochism, oral sex, and the possession, creation, or distribution of child pornography. The severity of child endangerment charges varies depending on the underlying offense, ranging from fourth degree criminal charges for viewing or possessing child pornography to first degree criminal charges for parents who photograph or film their children engaging in prohibited sexual acts.

 

In addition to these penalties, a person convicted of luring and child endangerment may also be required to register as a sex offender under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law.

 

If you’ve been charged with a child sex crime in Monmouth County or anywhere else in New Jersey, you need an experienced defense lawyer who will press every legal advantage and fight for your rights throughout the judicial process. I am Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney, and to learn what I can do to help in your case, contact me online or at 1-866-664-8118 for a free and confidential consultation.