Charges filed against Manalapan woman who allegedly streamed video of child sexual assault over the internet

As reported by CBS News, a Manalapan woman has been accused of sexually assaulting a 5 year old girl and streaming videos of the abuse during online video chats. The woman pled not guilty to state sex crimes charges and plans to plead not guilty to similar federal charges in the case.


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 child sexual assault and is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison. Committing an act of sexual contact with a victim under 13 years old can be separately charged as a second degree sexual assault, which carries penalties of 5 to 10 years in prison.


The incident in this case could also result in charges for the creation and distribution of child pornography. In New Jersey, it’s considered second degree child endangerment to create child pornography and a conviction carries a penalty of 5 to 10 years in prison. Distributing child pornography in any manner, including over the internet, is a second degree crime, subject to a sentence of 5 to 10 years in prison. 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.


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 child sexual assault in Monmouth County or anywhere else in New Jersey, you need a knowledgeable and skilled child sex abuse defense attorney who will fight to have your charges reduced or dismissed. For a seasoned criminal defense attorney, you can contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney, on my website or at 1-866-664-8118 for a free and confidential consultation.