Union County man indicted on sexual assault and child endangerment charges

A Plainfield man accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl has been indicted on various counts of sexual assault, child endangerment, and criminal sexual contact. The defendant allegedly assaulted the girl repeatedly over an extended period of time, took her to strip clubs in Essex, Union, and Middlesex Counties, and showed her pornographic materials.

 

Crimes against children can include a variety of different charges, as in this case. Some of the most common charges include:

– Sexual assault. Charges for sexual assault can be brought based on many different kinds of non-consensual sexual activity or child sex abuse, and may be charged as either first or second degree crimes based on the severity of the offense.

– Endangering the welfare of a child. Child endangerment, which can be charged as a first, second, third, or fourth degree offense, includes a broad range of behavior where the actor engages in prohibited sexual acts with a child under the age of 16. Child pornography, child sex abuse, and statutory rape, among other things, can all be charged as endangering the welfare of a child.

– Criminal sexual contact. “Sexual contact” is defined under New Jersey law 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.” Criminal sexual contact includes offenses such as touching oneself in front of a child or coercing a child to engage in sexual contacts. Depending on the severity of the circumstances, it may be graded as a third or fourth degree crime.

 

The penalties for sex crimes charges are as follows:

– First degree – 10 to 20 years

– Second degree – 5 to 10 years

– Third degree – 3 to 5 years

– Fourth degree – up to 18 months

In addition to jail time, convicted sex offenders must also comply with the registration and reporting requirements of New Jersey’s Megan’s Law.

 

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