Essex County man arrested for allegedly exposing himself to young girl

As reported by, an Essex County man was arrested after allegedly approaching a young girl and touching himself through his open pants while talking to her. The man, who has been arrested for indecent exposure several other times, was charged with criminal sexual contact, endangering the welfare of a child, and indecent exposure in front of a minor.

Under the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, “sexual contact” 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.” When the victim is less than 13 years old, as in this case, criminal sexual contact qualifies as second degree sexual assault and is punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison.

Touching oneself in front of a child who is less than 16 years old also constitutes third degree child endangerment, which carries a penalty of 3 to 5 years in prison, and fourth degree lewdness/indecent exposure, which is punishable by up to 18 months in prison.

If you’ve been charged with a sex crime in Essex County or anywhere else in New Jersey, you need an experienced defense lawyer who will press every legal advantage and fight for your rights throughout the judicial process. I am Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney, and to learn what I can do to help in your case, contact me online or at 1-866-664-8118 for a free and confidential consultation.


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.



A Newark teen was charged with counts including child pornography after passing along sexual images via text message of a female student.  A new bill before the New Jersey legislature may prevent such charges against teenagers in the future.
Charges of child pornography are serious and carry substantial prison sentences that range from 18 months to 20 years depending on the degree of the crime charged.  In addition to the above penalties, a guilty individual must pay heavy fines and also register with the Megan’s Law sex offender registry.
Under current New Jersey law, juveniles who send explicit sexual pictures via text message, often dubbed “sexting,” can be charged with child pornography.  Such charges could greatly alter the lives of these individuals, as they may be forced to register as sex offenders in compliance with Megan’s law.  As a result, the New Jersey legislature is contemplating a bill that would allow juvenile courts to order an educational penalty for first-time offenders rather than being charged with such a serious offense.  It may include writing an essay, or attending a responsibility management course.  The measure would impress upon teenagers the consequences of sexting, but wouldn’t be on their record when they apply to college or a job.