SEX CRIMES – MIDDLESEX – SEXUAL ASSAULT

A Middlesex man was arrested on charges he had a two-year tryst with a 14-year-old township girl. Authorities said the man. a tattoo artist, coerced sexual favors from the girl in exchange for giving her a free tattoo. He has been charged with multiple offenses including three counts of statutory sexual assault and four counts of sexual assault.

Consensual sex with a minor who is too young to give her consent to having sex. The age of sexual consent is in New Jersey is 16. This is a strict liability offense, meaning it is not relevant whether or not an individual knew he was having sex with a minor. The act in itself is enough to result in a conviction. In New Jersey, the crime of statutory rape is charged as either sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault, depending on the age of the victim. Clearly, the younger the victim, the greater the chance of being charged with aggravated sexual assault as it carries an even stiffer sentence.

A conviction for statutory sexual assault could result in a prison sentence of up to 10 years. For aggravated sexual assault, the maximum prison sentence is 20 years. Additionally, defendants convicted of either of these crimes must register as sex offenders under Megan’s if the victim was under the age of consent. This law requires you to give your name, whereabouts and a list of your crimes to the local community. Additionally, a conviction of aggravated sexual assault requires registration for life.

I, Anthony N. Palumbo, a New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer, understand the workings of the law and can properly defend accused persons in sexual assault offenses as well as those who have been convicted. Visit my website, www.palumborenaud.com for more information. I have been defending individuals against sexual assault charges, including those involving minors, in New Jersey for almost four decades. As a longstanding member of the legal community, a former prosecutor, and a current public defender, I can give you an honest assessment  of penalties you face and the best possible avenues of relief. If you would like to discuss your case, freely and confidentially, with an experienced attorney at no obligation, contact me at 1-866-664-8118 for a free consultation.

 

 

Monmouth County man arrested on burglary and sexual assault charges

Matawan police recently arrested a suspect accused of sexually assaulting one woman and attempting to sexually assault another woman after breaking into their apartments. The Monmouth County man was charged with two counts of burglary and one count each of attempted sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, and criminal restraint.

 

Aggravated sexual assault is a first degree crime, punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, and includes cases where the actor commits an act of sexual penetration and the offense is committed during the commission or attempted commission of a robbery, kidnapping, homicide, aggravated assault, burglary, arson, or criminal escape. It also constitutes aggravated sexual assault if the actor was armed with a weapon and threatened to use it against the victim or if the offender used physical force or coercion and inflicted severe personal injury on the victim.

 

Source: Matawan man faces burglary, sexual-assault charges, The Asbury Park Press

Ocean County man arrested for sexually assaulting two young girls

A Jackson Township man was arrested in June for sexually assaulting two girls under the age of 13. The man, who allegedly engaged in oral sex and vaginal penetration with the victims, was charged with first degree aggravated sexual assault, second degree sexual assault, and second and third degree endangering the welfare of a child.

 

Committing an act of sexual penetration with a child who is less than 13 years old constitutes first degree aggravated sexual assault and is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison. As in this case, however, separate charges can also be brought for second degree sexual assault, which carries a penalty of 5 to 10 years in prison, and for child endangerment, which is punishable by 3 to 10 years. Additionally, convicted child sex offenders have to comply with the registration and reporting requirements of Megan’s Law.

 

New Jersey courts are tough on child sex abusers and just being accused of a sex crime can ruin your reputation and alienate you from your friends and family. You don’t have to go through this difficult process alone though–an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you to understand the legal stages ahead of you and fight to get you the lightest penalty possible. If you need a sex crimes defense attorney you can contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, at 1-866-664-8118 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Together we’ll discuss the circumstances of your case, possible defenses, and your chances for getting the charges dropped.

Essex County prosecutors accuse teacher of sexual abuse

A former “Teacher of the Year” from West Orange was recently accused of sexually abusing a 15 year old boy in her English class. The teacher, who former students say was “flirtatious” and prone to inappropriate behavior, was charged with first degree aggravated sexual assault, second degree sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.

 

Sexual assault is a second degree crime in New Jersey and is punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison, severe fines, and inclusion in the state’s sex offender registry. However, the charges can be upgraded to first degree aggravated sexual assault in situations such as this one where the actor had supervisory authority over the victim. First degree aggravated sexual assault carries penalties of up to 20 years in jail upon conviction and requires lifetime registration as a sex offender.

 

If you’ve been accused of a sex crime in Essex County or anywhere else 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.

 

I am Anthony N. Palumbo, a partner at the firm of Palumbo & Renaud, and you can schedule a free and confidential consultation with me by contacting me online www.palumbo-renaud.com or at 908-337-7353.

Union County teacher arrested for sexually assaulting 14 year old girl

A middle school teacher and softball coach in Union County has been arrested for carrying on a sexual relationship with a 14 year old girl. He is being held on $400,000 bail and has been charged with two counts of first degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second degree sexual assault, one count of second degree luring, one count of second degree endangering the welfare of a child, one count of third degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, and one count of fourth degree criminal sexual contact.

 

Allegations of child sexual abuse are taken very seriously in New Jersey and can result in lengthy jail terms, steep fines, and lifetime inclusion on the state’s sex offender registry. Just being accused of child sexual abuse, however, can ruin a person’s reputation and destroy their family and professional relationships forever, even if they’re not guilty. Because of this, it’s vitally important that defendants facing child sex crimes charges consult with a knowledgeable attorney before speaking to police or making any deals with prosecutors. Their lawyers may be able to negotiate for reduced charges or even secure an acquittal based on constitutional violations, inadequate evidence, or procedural errors.

 

If you need an attorney to represent you against child sexual abuse accusations, you can contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo. As a partner at the law firm of  Palumbo & Renaud, I have more than 35 years of experience and I know the best tactics and strategies to win your case or negotiate a favorable plea bargain. Send me an email or call me at 1-866-664-8118 to set up a free and confidential consultation.

New Jersey Appellate Division affirms rapist’s continued civil commitment on appeal from Essex County court order

In Matter of the Civil Commitment of N.U.M., a case on appeal from an Essex County court, the New Jersey Appellate Division recently upheld the continued civil commitment of a sex offender who was initially sentenced to the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center after pleading guilty to crimes associated with the rapes of two 14 year old girls in 1983.

 

In order to be civilly committed to a sex offender treatment program or have such a sentence continued, the state has to prove that the sex offender suffers from “a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes the person likely to engage in acts of sexual violence if not confined in a secure facility for control, care and treatment.” Once an offender is sentenced to civil commitment, hearings are held annually to review whether he should remain committed. In order to merit continuation of the sentence, the state must prove by clear and convincing evidence that “the individual has serious difficulty in controlling sexually harmful behavior such that it is highly likely that he… will not control his… sexually violent behavior and will reoffend.”

 

The state’s experts testified in this case that the sex offender “suffers from a mental abnormality and personality disorder… that predispose him to engage in acts of sexual violence.” The sex offender also testified on his own behalf, but the trial judge didn’t believe his assertions that he had made up his past history of sexual assaults. The Appellate Division found these conclusions to be supported by the record and, overall, agreed that the sex offender had not sufficiently mitigated his risk of recidivism to warrant release from civil commitment.

 

As this case demonstrates, the consequences of being convicted for a sex crime can be severe and long lasting. In addition to civil commitment under the Sexually Violent Predator Act, sex offenders are often sentenced to prison time and fines, as well as the registration requirements of New Jersey’s Megan’s Law.

 

Having an attorney by your side

If you’ve been charged with a sex crime in Essex County or need assistance fighting a sexually-related civil commitment order, contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney, through the email form on my website or call me at 1-866-664-8118 for a free and confidential consultation. As a former prosecutor and current defense lawyer with more than 35 years of experience, I know the best strategies for protecting your rights and I will help to guide you through this difficult process.

 

Sexual Assault Charges in West Orange, Essex County

The Owner of a Popular West Orange Bar was Charged with Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of Children in Essex County.

New Jersey News reports the owner of a popular bar in West Orange is in Essex County jail after being charged with sexual assault and child endangerment of two 15-year-old boys.  The bar owner, 49, of West Orange, and his wife, were arrested at the bar he owned, Halligan’s Public House.  The man was charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.  He is being held at the Essex County Jail on $400,000 bail with no 10 percent option. The investigation into the bar owner and his wife began when one victim, now an adult, approached authorities.  West Orange police and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are jointly investigating the charges.

A conviction for sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, often called statutory rape, has severe criminal consequences.  Statutory rape is consensual sex with a minor who is too young to give his or her consent to having sex.  In New Jersey, the crime of statutory rape is charged as either sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault, depending on the age of the victim.  It is not a defense that the accused was not aware of the victim’s age when engaging in sexual activity.

A conviction for sexual assault could result in a prison sentence of up to 10 years. For aggravated sexual assault, the maximum prison sentence is 20 years. Additionally, people convicted of either of these crimes must register as sex offenders under Megan’s Law. This law requires you to give your name, whereabouts and a list of your crimes to the local community.  Additionally, a conviction of aggravated sexual assault requires registration for life.

I, Anthony N. Palumbo, a New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney, understand the workings of the law and can properly defend accused persons in sexual assault offenses as well as those who have been convicted of solicitation of a prostitute.  Visit my website, www.palumbo-renaud.com, for more information.  I have been defending individuals against sexual assault charges, including those involving minors, in New Jersey for almost four decades.  As a longstanding member of the legal community, a former prosecutor, and a current public defender, I can give you an honest assessment of the penalties you face and the best possible avenues of relief.  If you would like to discuss your case, freely and confidentially, with an experienced attorney at no obligation, contact me at 1-866-664-8118 for a free consultation.

SEX CRIMES – MONMOUTH COUNTY – SEXUAL ASSAULT


A Monmouth County Man Charged with Sexual Assault has his Bail Set at One Million Dollars.

A 22 year old man is in the Monmouth County jail in lieu of $1 million bail.  Monmouth County Prosecutor Luis Valentin said the man is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 25-year-old Neptune Township woman at a Wall Township motel and an undisclosed location Wednesday night.  The man is charged with kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and terroristic threats. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge, kidnapping.

Because of the seriousness of a sexual assault charge, the prosecution often seeks to impose bails in excessive amounts.  Bail is cash or a cash equivalent that an arrested person gives to a court to insure that he will appear in court when ordered to do so. If the defendant appears in court at the proper time, the court refunds the bail. But if the defendant does not show up, the court keeps the bail and issues a warrant for the defendant’s arrest.

The Eighth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution requires that bail not be excessive. This means that bail should not be used to raise money for the government or to punish a person for being suspected of committing a crime. The purpose of bail is to give an arrested person their freedom until they are convicted of a crime and the amount of bail must be no more than is reasonably necessary to keep them from fleeing before a case is over.

Therefore bail should be determined not necessarily by the crime charged, but by the means of the person accused of the crime.  A skilled criminal defense attorney can make this argument on behalf of their client to ensure their freedom while awaiting trial for a crime of sexual assault.

As an experienced New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer, I understand the workings of the law and can properly defend accused persons in sexual assault offenses as well as those who have been convicted.  Visit my website, www.palumbo-renaud.com, for more information.

Pastor Charged with Sexual Assault in Linden

A New Jersey pastor of twenty years has been accused of sexual assault in Linden. The defendant is also a husband and father, but recently the 55-year-old man was accused of meeting with a female church attendee at a motel in Linden where they allegedly had sex and forced two young girls to videotape it. This had allegedly been going on for two years up until the charges were brought a couple of weeks ago. The pastor was arrested in East Orange New Jersey on Monday night and charged with a myriad of offenses including endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated sexual assault, and kidnapping in New Jersey. It is believed by the assistant pastor as well as many others that these allegations are entirely false. The woman responsible for the accusations also recently threatened him and has supposedly created problems in the past. However, the prosecution maintains that it has solid physical evidence to back the charges. Aggravated sexual assault carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey sex crime attorney and when it comes to sexual assault cases in New Jersey, I do everything in my power to make sure the prosecution does not prove its case. Sexual assault cases are difficult for all of the parties involved and require the right balance of sensitive negotiation and hard-line litigation to obtain the best possible outcome for the client. If you have been accused of sexual assault in Linden, I am prepared to defend your charge.

Contact me today at 1-866-664-8118 for a Free and Confidential Consultation with an experienced sex crime attorney, or visit the sex crimes homepage on my website at www.palumbo-renaud.com for more information about sexual assault in New Jersey.

Charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault in Monroe Township

Bail has been set at $250,000 for a Monroe Township man arrested on multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault for his alleged sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. The 39-year-old defendant was arrested on Friday after various incidents of sexual penetration were brought to the police’s attention. The investigation is still under way as police try to piece together all the facts in yet another case of aggravated sexual assault in New Jersey. A charge of aggravated sexual assault can carry an additional 15 years in prison when compared to possible penalties for a charge of sexual assault. While both sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault require an act of sexual penetration, aggravated sexual assault will only be charged if the victim is under 13 years old or under 16-years-old and has a special relationship with the accused, for example, a blood relationship, disciplinary or supervisory relationship, or the accused stands in a guardian type position to the victim. My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Sex Crime Attorney and I have defended countless clients against charges of aggravated sexual assault. I always make sure that everything possible is done to protect the rights and reputation of my clients and not just in the courtroom, but in the workplace, living community and within the family home. If you have been charged with aggravated sexual assault in New Jersey, I know that you are going through an indescribable experience. Contact me today at 1-866-664-8118 for a Free and Confidential Consultation where you can discuss your situation with an experienced attorney who has spent over 35 years helping people through these difficult times. For more information about sex crimes in New Jersey visit my website at www.palumbo-renaud.com.