Union County choir director charged with child endangerment after allegedly sending sexual Facebook messages to teenage boy

According to Springfield Patch, a Union Township man was arrested and charged with third degree child endangerment for allegedly sending sexually charged Facebook messages to a 15 year old boy. The Union County Prosecutor said in a statement that the man met the teenage boy at a Newark church, where he served until recently as a choir director.


The offense of third degree endangering the welfare of a child, which is punishable by 3 to 5 years in prison, occurs when a person engages in sexual conduct which would impair or debauch the morals of a child under the age of 16. Child endangerment also includes other offenses such as engaging in prohibited sexual acts with a child or possessing, creating, or distributing child pornography. The severity of child endangerment charges varies depending on the underlying offense, ranging from fourth degree criminal charges for viewing or possessing child pornography to first degree criminal charges for parents who photograph or film their children engaging in prohibited sexual acts.


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 sex offense in New Jersey, you need a knowledgeable and skilled child sex abuse defense attorney who will fight to have your charges reduced or dismissed.


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