Middlesex County woman charged with prostitution following investigation into online erotic spa advertisements

Police arrested a Middlesex County woman for prostitution and authorities shut down the Bergen County acupressure spa where she worked following a recent investigation into advertisements for erotic spa services that were posted on Craigslist. The spa, one of about a half dozen to be investigated by River Edge police over the past five years, had opened just a few weeks before the police noticed the online advertisements and determined that the business wasn’t licensed for massage. “Social media has become an investigative tool,” said River Edge police chief Thomas Cariddi. “When something comes up, it’s a very quick search from there.”


Prostitution is defined under New Jersey law as sexual activity with another person in exchange for something of economic value, or the offer or acceptance of an offer to engage in sexual activity in exchange for something of economic value. Engaging in prostitution is generally a disorderly persons offense, which carries a penalty of up to 6 months in jail, but for second and subsequent offenses the charge is increased to a fourth degree crime, which  is punishable by up to 18 months in jail.


Third degree promoting prostitution, which is punishable by 3 to 5 years in prison, is a more serious crime. It includes owning, controlling, managing, supervising or otherwise keeping a house of prostitution or a prostitution business; procuring an inmate for a house of prostitution or procuring a place in a house of prostitution for one who would be an inmate; or encouraging, inducing, or otherwise purposely causing another to become or remain a prostitute. Other types of promoting prostitution, such as soliciting a person to patronize a prostitute or procuring a prostitute for a patron, are classified as fourth degree crimes.


For more information about prostitution charges in New Jersey or to schedule a free and confidential legal consultation, contact the law offices of Palumbo & Renaud at 908-337-7353.







Former All-Time-Great, Lawrence Taylor, Pleads Guilty to Solicitation of a Prostitute.

The ex-Giants linebacker pleaded guilty in January to sexual misconduct and having sex with the underage prostitute.  Taylor pleaded guilty to misdemeanors.  Taylor will also have to abide by the conditions of a sex offender. But the judge postponed until April 12 the hearing to determine what level of sex offender will be assigned to him.

While Taylor was charged and plead guilty in New York, his case provides an interesting study for the potential consequences of his actions had they taken place in New Jersey.  In New York, the age of sexual consent is 17 years old.  Because Taylor had sex with a 16 year old prostitute, despite not knowing her age, he was charged initially with sexual assault as she was below the age of consent.  New Jersey has a lower age of consent than New York.  In New Jersey, one only need be 16 years old to consent to sexual relations.  As such, Taylor, if caught in New Jersey, would have only been charged with solicitation of a prostitute.

In New Jersey, solicitation of a prostitute and prostitution are charged as the same crime, known as solicitation and prostitution. To be convicted of the charge of prostitution the prosecution must prove that you offered or accepted money in exchange for sexual services, which is defined very broadly.  For a first-time offense, an individual can be sentenced to six months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.  For every subsequent offense, each conviction carries up to 18 months in prison and fines up to $10,000.  Suspension of one’s driver’s license is another possibility.  Because of these significant penalties, it would behoove one accused of soliciting a prostitute to consult with a criminal defense attorney.

I, Anthony N. Palumbo, a New Jersey Sex Crime Defense Attorney, 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.  I have been defending individuals against sexual assault charges, including those involving minors, in New Jersey for almost four decades.  As a longstanding member of the legal community, a former prosecutor, and a current public defender, I can give you an honest assessment of the penalties you face and the best possible avenues of relief.  If you would like to discuss your case, freely and confidentially, with an experienced attorney at no obligation, contact me at 1-866-664-8118 for a free consultation.