New allegations against Middlesex County man charged with child sexual assault

A Middlesex County man already facing sexual assault charges involving four people has now been accused of sexually assaulting two more children, NJ.com reports. In addition to charges for sexual assault, he is also being charged with endangering the welfare of children for showing them pornographic materials.

 

Under New Jersey law, sexually assaulting a child who is less than 13 years old qualifies as second degree child sexual assault, an offense punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison, unless the actor commits an act of sexual penetration with the child, in which case the charge is upgraded to first degree aggravated sexual assault and is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison.

 

The crime 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, among other things. The severity of child endangerment charges varies depending on the underlying offense, ranging from fourth degree criminal charges for viewing child pornography to first degree criminal charges for parents who film their children engaging in prohibited sexual acts.

 

If you’ve been charged with child sexual assault or child endangerment, I urge you to seek legal advice immediately. My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, and I am a New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney with more than 35 years of experience as prosecutor, public defender, and criminal defense lawyer. Contact me today for a free initial consultation through the email form on this website or at 1-866-664-8118.

 

More information about crimes against children on my website:

  • Endangering the Welfare of Children
  • Child Pornography
  • Child Pornography Charges
  • Child Molestation
  • Child Molestation by Family Members or Friends
  • Child Sexual Assault

Temple University football player from Middlesex County arrested for rape

A freshman football player at Temple University was arrested earlier this month in connection with a sexual assault that took place on the school’s campus. The student, who played football for Woodbridge High School prior to attending Temple, was charged with rape and aggravated assault. He was released on bail and has been suspended from the football team pending the outcome of his case.

 

Rape constitutes second degree sexual assault, but the charges can be upgraded to first degree aggravated sexual assault under certain circumstances, such as when the actor is armed with a weapon or uses physical force that results in severe injuries. Second degree sexual assault is punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison, while first degree aggravated sexual assault can result in a sentence of up to 20 years.

 

If you’re facing rape or sexual assault charges, the most important thing you can do is to consult with an experienced New Jersey sex crimes defense attorney. A lawyer will be able to help you through this difficult process and get the best results in your case.

 

To arrange a free and confidential consultation with a sex crimes defense lawyer, contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney, at www.palumbo-renaud.com.

Middlesex County karate instructor sentenced to three years in prison for sex assaults

According to NorthJersey.com, a former New Brunswick High School karate teacher was sentenced to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of criminal sexual contact. Both offenses involved 16 year old girls, and in addition to the prison sentence, the karate instructor will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

It’s considered second degree sexual assault for a person to commit an act of sexual penetration with a victim who is at least 16 but less than 18 years old when the actor has some supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim. Such an offense can also be charged as second degree criminal sexual contact.

Although the sentence for a second degree crime usually ranges from 5 to 10 years in prison, the term of incarceration can be reduced, as in this case, for first-time offenders if the prosecutor and the sentencing court agree that doing so would serve the interests of justice.

Being accused of sexual assault can have serious consequences, and even if you’re innocent, the mere accusation can cost you your professional and personal reputation. If you need assistance in defending yourself against sex crimes charges in Middlesex County or anywhere else in New Jersey, contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney, through the email form on my website or at 1-866-664-8118 for a free and confidential consultation. As a former prosecutor and public defender with more than 35 years of experience, I know the defenses and tactics that the other side uses and the best strategies for protecting your rights.

 

Middlesex County man charged with sexually assaulting two young girls after posing as a teenager on Facebook

A 28 year old man from Perth Amboy who allegedly posed as a 17 year old on Facebook has been charged with sexually assaulting two 14 year old girls that he met on the social networking site. In addition to charges for second degree sexual assault, he’s also facing charges for second degree luring, third degree endangering the welfare of a child, and fourth degree criminal sexual contact. Police are currently seeking possible additional victims.

 

Second degree child sexual assault is punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison. It includes situations, like the ones alleged in this case, where the victim is between 13 and 16 years old and the actor is at least 4 years older than the victim. These circumstances also qualify as fourth degree sexual contact, which carries a penalty of up to 18 months in prison. In order to be convicted for these offenses, the prosecution first has to be able to prove that there was a “sexual contact,” which is defined 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.”

 

The offense of third degree child endangerment occurs when a person causes harm to a child under the age of 16 or engages in prohibited sexual acts with the child, such as intercourse, oral sex, masturbation, or other types of sexual conduct.

 

In addition to imprisonment, a person who is convicted of a child sexual abuse crime will also be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

 

A person commits the crime of second degree luring—which is classified as a kidnapping offense, not a sex crime—if he attempts, via electronic or any other means, 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 (such as a sexual assault) with or against the child. A conviction for second degree luring carries a penalty of 5 to 10 years in prison.

 

Sexual offenses involving children are some of the most damaging offenses in criminal law, and the mere accusation that a person has committed a child sexual assault can be enough to destroy that person’s family and career forever. If you’ve been charged with a sex crime against a child, you can contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer at www.palumbo-renaud.com.

 

A Highland Park Man was Charged with Sexually Assaulting Two Girls in Middlesex County

A Highland Park man previously charged with improperly touching a student at his martial arts school now faces charges of sexually assaulting two 15-year-old girls.  The man, who was also a New Brunswick teacher, surrendered to Highland Park police was charged with two counts each of aggravated criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of the two girls in Middlesex County.

Aggravated sexual assault is charged under N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2.  In the current matter, the defendant as charged with two counts of this crime.  If convicted, he could potentially face consecutive terms resulting in a prolonged period of incarceration.

New Jersey criminal procedure permits judges at sentencing for two separate offenses to impose incarceration to be served concurrently or consecutively.  In the event that a judge elects the terms to be served concurrently, then defendant will serve both jail terms during the same time.  For example, if a Judge sentences defendant to three years the first sexual assault and three years for the second to be served concurrently, then the defendant serves only three years of jail time.  However, if the Judge imposes the sentence consecutively then defendant would have to serve six years.

A skilled defense attorney can help reduce one’s sentence and potentially have them run concurrently.  I, Anthony N. Palumbo, a Middlesex County New Jersey Sex Crime 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.  Visit my website for more information.  I have been defending individuals against sexual assault charges, including those involving minors, in New Jersey for almost four decades.

SEX CRIMES – MIDDLESEX COUNTY; 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 aggravated sexual assault.

Statutory sexual assault is 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 Law 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.

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