Essex County doctor admits to child pornography charges

As reported by the New Jersey Star-Ledger, an Essex County doctor recently admitted to receiving and distributing more than 200 images and videos of highly graphic child pornography. The doctor pled guilty to one count of receipt and distribution in federal court.

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, however, 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.

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.

 


Ocean County man arrested for exposing himself to young girls

A 38-year old Jackson Township man was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to young girls during an incident that took place in Lakewood in late August. The man was apprehended during a surveillance operation and the police believe that he may be responsible for similar incidents dating back to 2008.

Depending on the circumstances of this case and the age of the girls, the man could be charged with sexual assault, which includes situations where the offender intentionally touches himself for the purpose of sexual gratification and the touching is in view of a victim who is less than 13 years old. Sexual assault is a second degree crime, punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison.

If the man didn’t touch himself during the incident but merely exposed himself to the girls, he could still be charged with lewdness, which is defined under New Jersey law as “exposing of the genitals for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of the actor or any other person.” If the girls were under the age of 13, lewdness would be a fourth degree crime, which is punishable by up to 18 months in prison. Otherwise, it would be a disorderly persons offense, which can carry penalties of up to 6 months in prison and up to $1,000 in fines.

In addition to these penalties, 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.

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, from Palumbo & Renaud Law Firm a New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer for a free and confidential consultation through the email form on my website or at  1-866-664-8118.As a criminal defense lawyer with extensive experience defending people accused of sex crimes and crimes against children, I can speak to you confidently and accurately about your case. And even if you decide not to retain my services, Consultation is entirely confidential, so you can get answers to your most private questions.

 

 

Ocean County Man Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting Children

Cirilo Cholula Maranchel, 19, of Lakewood, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to crimes committed in 2009. Maranchel sexually assaulted eight girls, who ranged in age from four to nine. He faced six counts of aggravated sexual assault, as well as two additional sexual assault charges.

 

Maranchel chose not to try his case, as he wanted to spare his victims the strain that would accompany any trial. However, not everyone charged with a sex offense has such an easy decision. Often, uninformed decisions are made that severely diminish the rights of those accused.

 

Many people charged with a sex crime plead guilty without understanding exactly what they are up against. They just want to move past the conviction, and focus on moving forward. Unfortunately for those people, sex crimes carry many unique sentencing components that last long after a release from prison.

 

Those convicted are also required to register as sex offenders. Whenever a person moves into a new neighborhood, law enforcement must be notified. In turn, the community will be informed about the offender’s presence. If the offender does not commit any additional sex offenses in the 15 years following a conviction, he or she can petition the court to be removed from the offender list, but the court does not necessarily have to remove the offender from the list.

 

Additionally, most sex offenders will be forced to serve at least 85 percent of their prison sentences before being eligible for parole. The No Early Release Act applies to those convicted of violent offenses, and includes aggravated sexual assault.

 

If any of the victims are children, these cases can become extremely high profile. The media may distribute information that makes it difficult to obtain a fair trial. Prosecutors will be under pressure to get convictions, and be unwilling to discuss potential plea bargains.

 

When you have been charged with a sex crime, it is extremely important to discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense attorney. It is important to prepare a strong defense as soon as you learn you are the target of an investigation. Often, police focus on a suspect, and begin to gather evidence that supports their theories. Any information that could cast doubt on guilt or provide a defense against the accusations is routinely ignored, making it difficult to defend yourself against the accusations.

 

My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Sex Crime Defense Lawyer with over 35 years of experience practicing criminal law at the firm Palumbo & Renaud. I have extensive experience handling the defense of sex crimes and have obtained relief for those people facing charges involving criminal sexual contact. I understand the severity of sexual crimes, and how embarrassing these charges can be. We are here to help you and your family get through the legal process. I know what needs to get done and I make sure that criminal sexual contact charges are handled with the right balance of aggressive litigation and sensitivity.

 

For more information on sex crimes in New Jersey, visit my sex crimes website and my New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer website at www.palumbo-renaud which provides all the information you need to know about sex crimes in New Jersey. Call 908-337-7353 for a free consultation today.

Union County teacher arrested for child sex crimes

According to CBS News, a Union County computer science teacher was recently arrested for allegedly touching two students inappropriately. The 38 year old Toms River man was charged with one count of second degree child endangerment and one count of second degree sexual assault.

 

The offense of endangering the welfare of child applies when an actor engages in a prohibited sexual act with a child who is less than 16 years old. 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 photograph or film their children engaging in prohibited sexual acts. Charges for second degree child endangerment, as in this case, are punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison and can be made when a person who has a legal duty to care for a child engages in sexual conduct that would impair or debauch the child’s morals. Second degree child endangerment also includes certain offenses relating to the production and distribution of child pornography.

 

Charges for second degree child sexual assault are also punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison, and they include cases where a person commits an act of sexual contact with a child who is less than 13 years old and the person is at least 4 years older than the child. It’s also second degree sexual assault for a person to commit an act of sexual penetration with a child who is at least 16 but less than 18 years old, or with a child who is at least 13 but less than 16 years old and the person is at least 4 years older than the child, or where the person has supervisory or disciplinary power of any nature over the victim.

 

If you need assistance in defending yourself against child sex crimes charges in Union 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 call me at 1-866-664-8118 for a free and confidential consultation. I’ll explain the possible consequences of your criminal charges and give you an honest assessment of defenses that might be available in your case. With more than 35 years of experience defending clients against child sex crimes charges, I know what the other side needs to convict you and the best strategies for protecting your rights.

 

Manalapan man indicted on child sex abuse charges

A Monmouth County man was indicted earlier this month on charges of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. According to a report from Manalapan Patch, the man is accused of committing an act of sexual penetration with a child under the age of 13, as well as engaging in sexual contact with a child for whom he was legally responsible. The alleged crimes occurred in Freehold Township and Englishtown.

 

Child sexual assaults can lead to severe penalties under the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice. Committing an act of sexual penetration with a victim who is less than 13 years old is classified as first degree aggravated sexual assault and is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, and committing an act of sexual contact with a victim under 13 years old can be charged as second degree sexual assault, which carries penalties of 5 to 10 years in prison. Additionally, if the actor engages in sexual conduct with a child under the age of 16 and he has a legal duty to care for the child, as is alleged in this case, he can also be charged with second degree child endangerment, an offense punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison.

 

In addition to these penalties, convicted child sex offenders must also register as sex offenders under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law. This can be one of the most difficult parts of a child sex abuse case because registration is very public and can continue after prison or even permanently, severely damaging offenders’ reputations and making it difficult for them to obtain housing and employment.

 

If you’ve been charged with child sexual assault in Monmouth County or anywhere else in New Jersey, you need a knowledgeable and skilled child abuse 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, and 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.

 

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.

 

Atlantic County sex offender charged with sex assault after lewd behavior at girls’ lemonade stand

Earlier this month,CBS New York reported a 79 year old convicted sex offender was charged with sexual assault when he repeatedly rubbed his groin after buying lemonade from a group of girls, all of whom were under the age of 14. The man left the lemonade stand when another adult approached, but police identified him as city resident Alan Easterbgy based on descriptions provided by the girls. Easterbgy was already listed in the state’s sex offender registry as a Tier 2 offender, based on a child endangerment conviction he received in 2002 for taking inappropriate pictures of two young girls in Cape May County. Following the incident at the lemonade stand, he was arrested at his home and charged with three counts of sexual assault as well as parole violations. He was then taken to the Atlantic County Jail, where bail was set for $200,000.

Under New Jersey law, a person is guilty of sexual assault if he commits an act of sexual contact with a victim who is less than 13 years old and he is at least four years older than the victim. N.J.S.A. § 2C:14-2. The definition of “sexual contact” includes situations, as in this case, where the offender intentionally touches himself for the purpose of sexual gratification and the touching is in view of the victim. “Sexual contact” also occurs when an offender intentionally touches his victim, either for the purpose of degrading or humiliating the victim or for his own sexual arousal, although this type of contact does not seem to have taken place at the lemonade stand. N.J.S.A. § 2C:14-1(c). Sexual assault is a second degree crime, but for second and subsequent sexual assault convictions, the mandatory sentence is five years in prison with no eligibility for parole. N.J.S.A. §§ 2C:14-2, 2C:14-6.

According to the news report, Easterbgy was also charged with violating the terms his parole. Under the New Jersey Corrections Law, parole violations result in immediate remedial counseling, and serious violations trigger a review of the parolee’s case. The review must include a formal assessment of the parolee’s risk to public safety and current rehabilitative needs. It is intended to help determine the appropriate response, which must be proportional to the parolee’s risk to the community, the severity of the violation, and the potential for long-term positive outcomes. Possible responses include adjusting the parolee’s reporting status, imposing special conditions to reduce the likelihood of unacceptable behavior, or requiring completion of a treatment or electronic monitoring program. If these options are inadequate and the parolee poses a public safety danger, parole revocation proceedings may also be initiated. N.J.S.A. § 10A:72-2.4.