Charged with Criminal Sexual Contact in Essex County

In Essex County, a 27-year-old man was charged with luring, sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, and endangering the welfare of a child after his illicit affair with a 13-year-old girl was discovered by police. The man is facing multiple second degree charges which could result in prison time from 15 to 30 years if convicted, possibly making the man upwards of 57 years old upon release. This is an example of how severe penalties can be for even one encounter with an underage girl in New Jersey. The man met the girl in a chat room in which he pretended to be a 15-year-old boy from Newark under the screen name of “Slave.” The girl told police that they met in person on Jul 6, 7, and 8th to engage in sexual conduct. When they met again on the 10th, police found him and the girl in his vehicle and he was arrested. Crimes against children are taken very seriously in New Jersey and if this man is convicted not only may he spend a good chunk of his life in prison, but he will be on the Megan’s Law Sex Offender Registry for many years.


My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey sex crimes defense attorney and if you have been arrested for an illicit affair with a child, I will explain your rights without obligation or judgment. I know how difficult these situations are for both the family of the alleged victim and that of the accused and I will do everything in my power to ensure the best possible outcome. I have been helping people resolve sex crime charges for over 35 years and I have the knowledge and experience necessary to provide a winning defense.

To speak with an experienced sex crime attorney about the possibilities in your case, contact me today for a free consultation at 1-866-664-8118 or visit my website at

Sexual Assault Charge in Roselle Park

In New Jersey, a charge of sexual assault may result from committing an act of sexual penetration with a child under many different circumstances.  It is important to recognize that sexual assault may be charged even when both parties believed they were engaging in a voluntary and consensual act.  Under the New Jersey statute for sexual assault, the crime is committed when an adult commits an act of sexual penetration with a child who is at least 13 but less than 16 years old and the actor is at least four years older than the victim.  Thus, a mere age difference between the sexual actors is enough to secure a charge.

For an example of a case that illustrates this point, consider a recent sexual assault charge in New Jersey in which a twenty-year-old substitute teacher was arrested for having sex with a fifteen-year-old female student.  Apparently, the two individuals met outside of school to engage in the sexual activity.  The incident was only reported after the girl’s parents became aware of it.  This case presents an example of how a man can be charged with sexual assault for having a sexual relationship with a woman not considered old enough to consent, at least under the law.  My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey sex crimes defense lawyer and I have defended many cases which have arisen from similar circumstances.  While both these individuals may have thought their actions innocent at the time, this manner of sexual assault carries a second degree charge which carries a prison term of 5 to 10 years, an extremely serious sentence.