Former Essex County middle school teacher pleads guilty to child porn possession

A former Essex County middle school teacher and swim coach admitted in federal court to possessing and distributing child pornography, reports. The images, which included depictions of both sadistic and masochistic conduct, were downloaded and posted via peer-to-peer file sharing software.


Under federal child pornography laws, a person who creates, distributes, possesses, or views child pornography will be sentenced to at least 5 but no more than 20 years in prison. If the person has a criminal record including certain sex offenses, the sentence is increased to at least 15 but no more than 40 years.


Child pornography is also illegal under state law. Distributing child pornography is considered a second degree crime in New Jersey, subject to a sentence of 5 to 10 years in prison, and the possession of child pornography is a fourth degree crime, subject to a sentence of up to 18 months imprisonment. In addition to imprisonment, a person convicted on child pornography charges may also be required to register as a sex offender under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law.


If you’ve been charged with a child pornography crime, you could be facing serious penalties if you don’t have strong legal representation of your own. Don’t wait until it’s too late to mount an effective legal  challenge in your case. To meet with an internet sex crimes lawyer for a free and confidential consultation, contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo at the law firm Palumbo & Renaud at 1-866-664-8118 or through this online form.


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  • Child Pornography
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  • Child Molestation
  • Child Molestation by Family Members or Friends
  • Child Sexual Assault

Twenty year jail term for Newark man who attacked two girls and a young woman in Essex County reports that a Newark man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to luring an 11 year old girl, kidnapping and assaulting a 14 year old girl, and kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 18 year old woman. According to prosecutors, he attempted to kidnap the 11 year old and the 14 year old on the same date, and separately abducted the 18 year old woman and sexually assaulted her while holding a box cutter to her head.


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 a sexual assault) with or against the child. A conviction for second degree luring carries a penalty of 5 to 10 years in prison.


Kidnapping is a more serious offense, and is committed when a person unlawfully removes another person from her home or business, or a substantial distance from the vicinity where she was taken, or if he unlawfully confines her for a substantial period, when his purpose is:

  • to facilitate the commission of any crime or flight thereafter;
  • to inflict bodily injury on or to terrorize the victim or another person;
  • to interfere with the performance of any governmental function; or
  • to permanently deprive a parent, guardian, or other lawful custodian of custody of the victim.

Kidnapping is usually classified as a first degree crime and is punishable by a term of 15 to 30 years in prison. Certain aggravating factors can result in a longer prison sentence, such as sexually assaulting a child victim during the kidnapping.


Sexual assault charges can be brought based on many different kinds of non-consensual sexual penetration, and may be charged as either first or second degree crimes based on the severity of the offense. Second degree sexual assault is upgraded to first degree aggravated sexual assault, however, if the offense is committed during the course of a kidnapping, as in this case. As a first degree crime, aggravated sexual assault is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, and a convicted offender also has to register for life as a sex offender under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law.


If you’ve been charged with luring, kidnapping, or sexual assault in Essex County or anywhere else in New Jersey, you need a knowledgeable sex crimes defense attorney who can advise you of the penalties you face, possible defenses, and the best course of action to take to avoid or minimize criminal penalties. 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.

Man Convicted of Attempted Sexual Assault in Newark, Essex County

A Newark Man was convicted after he attempted to lure an Undercover Cop he thought was a 12 Year Old Girl.

Local News reports a Newark man was convicted in Essex County of attempted sexual assault with who he thought was a 12-year-old girl he lured on the Internet and who he drove to meet at a Woodland Park store parking lot.  The Nigerian native was found guilty of luring, attempted sexual assault and attempted child endangerment by a jury. He faces as much as 30 years in state prison.

Because of the nature of the conviction, the man in this case will likely have to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law in New Jersey. An attempt to commit sexual assault of a child under 16 will place a convicted individual on Megan’s law if the conduct was characterized by a pattern of repetitive, compulsive behavior.  Here, the circumstances indicate such a pattern of behavior through defendant’s repetitive use of the internet to solicit.

In New Jersey, Megan’s law sex offender registry requires convicted sex offenders to provide information to the local community about what they look like, where they live, their past crimes, and even the vehicle they drive so the community can be aware of their presence.  Offenders are designated tiers based on the severity of their actions.  A person may be ranked as Tier 1 (low risk), Tier 2 (moderate risk), or Tier 3 (high risk offender).  The risk assessment refers to the likelihood that the individual will commit another similar crime.  An experienced Essex County Sex Crime Defense Attorney can fight for the rights of a convicted individual to help lower their tier designation at status conference meetings.

A skilled defense attorney can help reduce one’s Megan’s Law sex offender tier designation.  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, for more information on New Jersey Crimes Against Children Lawyer. 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.

Essex County Man Charged with Sexual Assault of Minor that He Met in an Internet Chat Room


An Essex County man was indicted on charges of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old Morris County girl he lured via an online kids chat room.

Viktor Zhadanov, 27, of Belleville, was arrested when police found him with the girl in his sports utility vehicle.  The girl told police she met Zhadanov in Kids Chat, an online chat room, where he had the user name of “Slave” and claimed he was 15 and from Newark.

An indictment handed up by a grand jury in Superior Court in Morristown charges him with three counts of second-degree luring via electronic means; two counts each of second-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact; three counts of third-degree endangering; and one count of third-degree hindering apprehension, of providing false information to police.

Sexual crimes involving minors often result in enhanced punishment for the accused.  An individual can be convicted of aggravated sexual assault if he commits an act of sexual penetration with another person under 13 years old.  In this case, the victim is 13 years of age.  Therefore, this individual was charged with sexual assault.  For further understanding, refer to N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2.

Regardless, if the accused is convicted of sexual assault on a minor, he is likely subject to being placed on a sex offender registry, commonly known as “Megan’s Law.”  This system classifies sex offenders into three tiers with a Tier 3 offender being the highest.  The different tiers are then subject to various restrictions and notification requirements.  Over time, through status hearings between the offender, prosecutor, and the Court, an individual can have his tier designation reduced, thereby going from Tier 2 to Tier 1, for example.

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Essex County Sexual Assault Charges

New Jersey Sex Crime Lawyer – Anthony N. Palumbo

In New Jersey, a person is guilty of sexual assault if he engages in sexual penetration with another person by physical force or coercion. In order for the charge to be sexual assault instead of aggravated sexual assault, it is also important that the victim not sustain severe personal injury. A person can also be charged with sexual assault even if they do not use physical force or coercion to engage in sexual penetration. If the victim is on probation or parole, detained in a hospital or prison and the actor has supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim as a result of his legal, professional, or occupational status, that will also be considered sexual assault.

Consider a recent New Jersey case in which a 19-year-old man was arrested for sexual assault after taking a 36-year-old woman to a golf course and assaulting her. The man allegedly met the victim in a Dunkin Donuts located in Newark and they agreed to meet at the same Dunkin Donuts on August 1, between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. The victim alleges that the defendant drove her from the Dunkin Donuts to a parking lot at the gold course where he sexually assaulted her in the vehicle. The man was arrested and taken to the Essex County prison where he is being held on bail in the amount of $40,000. To obtain a conviction in this case it must be shown that the defendant and the victim engaged in an act of sexual penetration and unless the defendant had some sort of disciplinary power over the woman, it must also be shown that physical force or coercion was used to carry out the sexual act.


Charged with Criminal Sexual Contact in Essex County

In Essex County, a 27-year-old man was charged with luring, sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, and endangering the welfare of a child after his illicit affair with a 13-year-old girl was discovered by police. The man is facing multiple second degree charges which could result in prison time from 15 to 30 years if convicted, possibly making the man upwards of 57 years old upon release. This is an example of how severe penalties can be for even one encounter with an underage girl in New Jersey. The man met the girl in a chat room in which he pretended to be a 15-year-old boy from Newark under the screen name of “Slave.” The girl told police that they met in person on Jul 6, 7, and 8th to engage in sexual conduct. When they met again on the 10th, police found him and the girl in his vehicle and he was arrested. Crimes against children are taken very seriously in New Jersey and if this man is convicted not only may he spend a good chunk of his life in prison, but he will be on the Megan’s Law Sex Offender Registry for many years.


My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey sex crimes defense attorney and if you have been arrested for an illicit affair with a child, I will explain your rights without obligation or judgment. I know how difficult these situations are for both the family of the alleged victim and that of the accused and I will do everything in my power to ensure the best possible outcome. I have been helping people resolve sex crime charges for over 35 years and I have the knowledge and experience necessary to provide a winning defense.

To speak with an experienced sex crime attorney about the possibilities in your case, contact me today for a free consultation at 1-866-664-8118 or visit my website at