Monmouth County man denied new trial in statutory rape case

The New Jersey Appellate Division ruled in August that a Monmouth County man who was convicted of third degree endangering the welfare of a child was not entitled to a new trial. Although the defendant argued that several comments made by the prosecutor and witnesses were prejudicial and denied him a fair trial, the court held that the trial judge alleviated any prejudice by giving appropriate instructions to the jury to disregard the statements.

 

The defendant in this case was accused of having consensual sex with a 15 year old girl, and while he lost his bid for a new trial on the charges of third degree child endangerment, he was found not guilty the charges of second degree sexual assault. Third degree endangering the welfare of a child, which carries a penalty of 3 to 5 years in prison, applies broadly to instances where a person engages in sexual activities with a child under the age of 16. Second degree sexual assault, a more serious charge usually applied to instances of non-consensual sexual penetration, is punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison.

 

If you’ve been accused of a sex crime in New Jersey, contact a lawyer immediately to discuss your case and the chances for having your charges reduced or dismissed. A skilled criminal defense lawyer will help you understand the complexities of the trial process and fight for your right to a fair trial throughout the ordeal.

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