Newark softball coach accused of sexually assaulting 15 year old girl in Middlesex County

A 20 year old Newark woman who served as a softball coach in Middlesex County has been accused of sexually assaulting a 15 year girl on her team. According to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the woman was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

 

Aggravated sexual assault is a first degree crime and occurs when the offender commits an act of sexual penetration when, as in this case, the victim is between the ages of 13 and 16 years old and the offender has supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim. As a first degree crime, aggravated sexual assault is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, and a person who’s convicted of aggravated sexual assault must also register for life as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

 

Sexual assault and child endangerment, although less serious offenses, still carry heavy penalties. Charges for sexual assault can be brought based on many different kinds of non-consensual sexual contact and are usually graded as a second degree crime, which is punishable by 5 to 10 years imprisonment. The offense of endangering the welfare of a child applies when an actor engages in prohibited sexual acts with a child under the age of 16. It’s usually considered a second or third degree crime, depending on the severity of the crime, carrying penalties of 3 to 10 years.

 

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