A Millstone Man was Charged in a Child Prostitution Scheme after Monmouth County Police Discovered he had Engaged in Relations with a Minor

Anthony N. Palumbo – New Jersey Sex Crime Defense Attorney

A Millstone man was arrested by Monmouth County investigators after allegedly taking part in child prostitution.  The man faces charges of second-degree sexual assault and third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor in connection with having sex with the 15-year-old boy.  The man was accused of having sex with the boy at his Millstone residence.  He was arrested at his home by State Police, and released after posting $250,000 full bail.

Because of the age of the victim, the accused in this case faces significant criminal penalties.  If convicted, the defendant would likely be forced to register under Megan’s Law as a child sex offender.  In New Jersey, Megan’s law sex offender registry requires convicted sex offenders to provide information to local police about what they look like, where they live, type of car they drive and their past crimes so the police can be aware of their presence.  Police then distribute this information based on the prescribed offender level of the registrant to appropriate community officials.  The higher the level of offender (one through three with three being the highest tier), the more notice will be provided to the community including local school officials and potentially neighbors within a two block radius.  Importantly, this information must be distributed by police according to certain procedures so as not to violate the registrant’s rights to privacy.

Once on Megan’s law, it is possible to be designated a reduced tier over time through status conferences with county prosecutors.  Good behavior over a prolonged period of time as well as compliance with counseling and other programs often help offenders in reducing their Megan’s Law tier designations.  After a prolonged period of time, it is even possible to be removed from Megan’s Law completely.

I, Anthony N. Palumbo, a New Jersey Criminal Sexual Contact Lawyer, understand the workings of the law and can properly defend accused persons in sexual assault offenses as well as those who have been convicted of solicitation of a prostitute.  Visit my website, www.palumbo-renaud.com, for more information.

New Jersey Solicitation of a Minor | Manasquan, Red Bank Attorney

Solicitation of a minor is a crime that is commonly initiated over the internet and can carry serious penalties if a conviction results.  In New Jersey, solicitation of a minor is the same crime as luring or child enticement. These are just different names for the same criminal act.  A person will be guilty of solicitation of a minor in New Jersey if he attempts by any means to lure someone he reasonably believes to be a child into a car or other isolated area with the intent to commit a criminal offense against the child.  A person cannot be convicted of this crime for merely conversing with a child over the internet.  A more substantial step must be taken in order to determine the defendant’s intent to commit an offense against the child.   Additionally, the intent must exist once the meeting occurs.  If an adult simply meets a child for coffee or for some other non-criminal reason, it is also not a crime under this statute.

The penalties for solicitation of a minor are severe and are even more severe if the defendant has been previously convicted of the crime.  A first offense is a second-degree crime that carries 5 to 10 years in prison.  A second offense is also a second-degree crime, however a second offense carries requires that the defendant remain ineligible for parole for one-third to one-half of the sentence imposed.  Therefore a sentence of 9 years would require the defendant to serve three to four and one-half years before becoming eligible for parole.


Sting Operations and Luring in Sussex Borough

It is common for police to enter chat rooms and pose as minors to entice individuals to commit luring and solicitation crimes in New Jersey. A recent example of a sting operation in New Jersey took place after a Sussex Borough man was charged with luring an individual who he believed was a 14-year-old boy while on the internet. The alleged victim turned out to be an undercover police officer and the accused was charged with 16 counts of solicitation and sexual assault in New Jersey. In order to obtain the conviction for solicitation of a minor during a sting operation, the prosecution must prove that the accused had the intent to solicit a minor, not an adult police officer. The fact that the person with whom the accused chatted with was in fact an adult and not a child is not a defense to the crime. In New Jersey, the penalties for luring are severe and are even more severe if the accused has been previously convicted of the crime. A first offense is a second degree crime which results in 5-10 years in prison and a subsequent offense is a second degree crime with a minimum prison term of one-third to one-half of the sentence imposed. With penalties this severe, a person facing luring charges in New Jersey should obtain an experienced sex crimes defense attorney as soon as possible.