Ocean County pediatrician sentenced to 60 days for secretly photographing nude teenage patient

As reported by NJ.com, a Tom’s River pediatrician pled guilty to child endangerment and was sentenced to 60 days in jail for secretly taking nude photographs of one of his female teenage patients. In addition to the jail term, he also has to perform 60 days of community service and serve three years of probation.

New Jersey law provides that a person is guilty of child endangerment in the second degree if he photographs a nude child for the purposes of his own sexual stimulation or that of any other person who may view the photo. N.J.S.A. § 2C:24-4. The ordinary term of imprisonment for this offense is usually between five and ten years, but the mandatory minimum can be reduced for a defendant’s first offense if the prosecutor requests the reduction and the sentencing judge finds that the mandatory term would not serve the interests of justice. N.J.S.A. § 2C:43-6; N.J.S.A. § 2C:43-6.2.

A person who is convicted of taking nude photographs of children is also required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law. N.J.S.A. § 2C:7-2. Sex offenders are classified as Tier 1 (low risk), Tier 2 (moderate risk), or Tier 3 (high risk) based on a variety of factors relevant to their likelihood of recidivism. Only law enforcement agencies are notified of Tier 1 offenders. For Tier 2 offenders, law enforcement, schools, day cares, camps, and community organizations are notified. And for Tier 3 offenders, all the above parties are notified, and the information is also placed on the internet so that the public can view it.

Many of the people who are charged with endangering the welfare of a child have never been in trouble with the law before. Unfortunately, this is one of the most damaging offenses in criminal law, and the mere accusation that a person has committed a crime against children can be enough to destroy that person’s family and career forever. If you have been charged with a crime against a child, you can contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Sex Crime Attorney through the email form on my website, or you can call me at 1-866-664-8118. As a criminal defense lawyer with extensive experience defending people accused of crimes against children, I can speak to you confidently and accurately about your case. And even if you decide not to retain my services, the consultation is entirely confidential, so you can get answers to your most private questions.