Police arrest two men for prostitution at Monmouth County hotel

Two men were arrested for prostitution earlier this month after allegedly engaging in sexual acts at a Tinton Falls hotel for $200. They were charged with engaging in prostitution, which is a disorderly persons offense, and with promoting prostitution, a third degree crime.

 

Prostitution is defined in New Jersey as “sexual activity with another person in exchange for something of economic value, or the offer or acceptance of an offer to engage in sexual activity in exchange for something of economic value.” Engaging in prostitution is generally a disorderly persons offense, which carries a penalty of up to 6 months in jail, but for second and subsequent offenses the charge is increased to a fourth degree crime, which  is punishable by up to 18 months in jail.

 

Third degree promoting prostitution, as charged in this case, is punishable by a sentence of 3 to 5 years in prison. The offense includes:

  • owning, controlling, managing, supervising or otherwise keeping a house of prostitution or a prostitution business;
  • procuring an inmate for a house of prostitution or procuring a place in a house of prostitution for one who would be an inmate; or
  • encouraging, inducing, or otherwise purposely causing another to become or remain a prostitute.

 

Other types of promoting prostitution, such as soliciting a person to patronize a prostitute or procuring a prostitute for a patron, are fourth degree crimes punishable by up to 18 months in jail.

 

Seminary student arrested for soliciting four teenage girls in Monmouth County

A 27 year old man studying to be a priest was arrested in Middletown for luring four teenage girls, three of whom were under 18 years old, according to NJ.com. The man allegedly approached them on the street and tried to persuade them to get into his car by offering to buy them alcohol. Two of the girls also claim that he offered them money in exchange for sex. The man was charged with luring and prostitution and is being held on $20,000 bail.

 

A person commits the crime of second degree luring if he attempts 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 prostitution or sexual assault) with or against the child. A conviction for second degree luring carries a penalty of 5 to 10 years in prison.

 

Prostitution is defined in New Jersey as “sexual activity with another person in exchange for something of economic value, or the offer or acceptance of an offer to engage in sexual activity in exchange for something of economic value.” Soliciting someone to engage in prostitution is generally a fourth degree crime, punishable by up to 18 months in prison, but soliciting a person under the age of 18, as allegedly occurred in this case, is a third degree crime and carries a penalty of 3 to 5 years in prison.

 

In addition to jail time, a conviction for luring or prostitution may also result in fines and sex offender registration requirements under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law.

 

If you’ve been charged with luring, prostitution, or any other sex crime in Monmouth County or elsewhere in New Jersey, you need a knowledgeable sex crimes defense attorney who will fight to have your charges reduced or dismissed. You can 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. I will represent your interests aggressively and help to guide you through this difficult process. As a former prosecutor and public defender with more than 35 years of experience, I can give you an honest assessment of the charges you face and the best possible strategies for protecting your rights.