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.


For a free and confidential consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney, through the email form on my website, or call me at 1-866-664-8118. As a former prosecutor and current defense lawyer with more than 35 years of experience, I know the best strategies for protecting your rights and I will help to guide you through this difficult process.

Union County teacher arrested for child sex crimes

According to CBS News, a Union County computer science teacher was recently arrested for allegedly touching two students inappropriately. The 38 year old Toms River man was charged with one count of second degree child endangerment and one count of second degree sexual assault.


The offense of endangering the welfare of child applies when an actor engages in a prohibited sexual act with a child who is less than 16 years old. The severity of child endangerment charges varies depending on the underlying offense, ranging from fourth degree criminal charges for viewing child pornography to first degree criminal charges for parents who photograph or film their children engaging in prohibited sexual acts. Charges for second degree child endangerment, as in this case, are punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison and can be made when a person who has a legal duty to care for a child engages in sexual conduct that would impair or debauch the child’s morals. Second degree child endangerment also includes certain offenses relating to the production and distribution of child pornography.


Charges for second degree child sexual assault are also punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison, and they include cases where a person commits an act of sexual contact with a child who is less than 13 years old and the person is at least 4 years older than the child. It’s also second degree sexual assault for a person to commit an act of sexual penetration with a child who is at least 16 but less than 18 years old, or with a child who is at least 13 but less than 16 years old and the person is at least 4 years older than the child, or where the person has supervisory or disciplinary power of any nature over the victim.


If you need assistance in defending yourself against child sex crimes charges in Union County or anywhere else in New Jersey, contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney, through the email form on my website or call me at 1-866-664-8118 for a free and confidential consultation. I’ll explain the possible consequences of your criminal charges and give you an honest assessment of defenses that might be available in your case. With more than 35 years of experience defending clients against child sex crimes charges, I know what the other side needs to convict you and the best strategies for protecting your rights.


Lewd Conduct in Union County: Private Moments in Public Places

New Jersey laws governing lewd conduct make it easy for a couple engaging in a sexual encounter while under the impression that they are alone to be charged with a sex offense in Union County.  The law states that a person is guilty of lewd conduct if he engages in an offensive act in a place where he could reasonably expect to be viewed by others. Therefore, if two people have a few drinks before seeking the seclusion of a dark alley for an intimate moment and the dark alley turns out to not be private, this could result in charges of lewd conduct in Union County.  The standard for determining whether a person could reasonably expect to be viewed is an objective point of view.  Therefore the mindset of the individual in the heat of the moment is irrelevant.

My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey lewd conduct attorney and this case is a good example of how everyday people can sometimes be charged with embarrassing sex crimes that stain their personal and professional reputations.  If you have engaged in conduct that led to an unanticipated lewd conduct charge, I am available to speak with you about your defense.  Contact me today for a Free Consultation at 1-866-664-8118.  For more information on lewd conduct in New Jersey visit the lewd conduct page on my main criminal and municipal website or visit the lewd conduct page on my sex crimes website.

Consider the following case as an example of behavior that could result in lewd conduct charges.  Recently, New Jersey police arrested several couples for engaging in sexual encounters in secluded areas of a public park.  Parts of the park ground were very secluded and it was in those places where some individuals set up blankets and engaged in activity under the impression that they were alone.  The problem is that the place is technically public and people wandering through the woods might observe these private couples. While these couples may have been under the impression that they were alone, a jury could find that a reasonable person would have been aware of the likelihood of being observed and lead to a conviction for the state.

The Wide Reach of New Jersey Prostitution Law

New Jersey Sex Crime Lawyer – Anthony N. Palumbo

Prostitution and solicitation operate as the same crime in New Jersey so that a person offering sexual services for money will be charged with the same offense as the person soliciting them.  However, there are other charges that often stem from crimes involving prostitution and one of those charges is known as promoting or facilitating prostitution.  This crime covers a wide range of activity because it relates to any action taken in which the purpose is for two people to engage in prostitution.  For example, pimping, promoting prostitution, soliciting a person to patronize a prostitute, procuring a prostitute for someone else, taking someone somewhere to commit prostitution or even allowing your home to be used for illicit sex are all considered offenses under this act.

The most extreme example of all of these would be pimping, but you don’t have to be a full blown pimp to be charged under this law.  However, for an example of pimping in New Jersey, consider a recent case that illustrates the more extreme version of promoting prostitution.  A man in Atlantic City was recently arrested on charges of prostitution after he admitted to operating a prostitution ring in and acting as a pimp.  He admitted to setting up the activities of his prostitutes and taking money that they made from their sexual encounters.  He also took photos of the girls and posted them on craigslist in order to advertise his prostitution ring.  In this particular case, the girls turned out to be minors and the defendant had transported them across state lines.  However, these facts aside, the act of pimping in New Jersey by itself is a disorderly person’s offense and considered no different penalty wise from driving a friend to meet a prostitute on the night of his bachelor party.


Pastor Charged with Sexual Assault in Linden

A New Jersey pastor of twenty years has been accused of sexual assault in Linden. The defendant is also a husband and father, but recently the 55-year-old man was accused of meeting with a female church attendee at a motel in Linden where they allegedly had sex and forced two young girls to videotape it. This had allegedly been going on for two years up until the charges were brought a couple of weeks ago. The pastor was arrested in East Orange New Jersey on Monday night and charged with a myriad of offenses including endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated sexual assault, and kidnapping in New Jersey. It is believed by the assistant pastor as well as many others that these allegations are entirely false. The woman responsible for the accusations also recently threatened him and has supposedly created problems in the past. However, the prosecution maintains that it has solid physical evidence to back the charges. Aggravated sexual assault carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey sex crime attorney and when it comes to sexual assault cases in New Jersey, I do everything in my power to make sure the prosecution does not prove its case. Sexual assault cases are difficult for all of the parties involved and require the right balance of sensitive negotiation and hard-line litigation to obtain the best possible outcome for the client. If you have been accused of sexual assault in Linden, I am prepared to defend your charge.

Contact me today at 1-866-664-8118 for a Free and Confidential Consultation with an experienced sex crime attorney, or visit the sex crimes homepage on my website at www.palumbo-renaud.com for more information about sexual assault in New Jersey.

Charged with Sexual Assault in Springfield

The trial for the Springfield doctor charged with sexual assault in 2006 is fast approaching. Allegations suggest that the doctor drugged his 36-year-old patient. The sports medicine doctor is charged with first-degree sexual assault in New Jersey and faces up to twenty years in prison. The alleged incident occurred while the patient underwent a procedure for back pain. The patient claims that during the medical procedure she was semiconscious and someone climbed on top of her. She claims the date rape drug was in her system at the time and was used as part of her treatment.

The alleged victim’s sister was also an employee at the time of the incident and she is now married to the doctor. As his wife she has invoked marital immunity and has refused to testify, but the court will make a decision as whether or not to compel her testimony. The wife is also accused of stealing certain items relevant to the case from the doctor’s office. These items include a palm pilot used to take photos during the incident, shorts worn by the victim at the time of the procedure, and a towel with the doctor’s semen on it.

My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey sex crime attorney and I have experience defending medical professionals against sexual assault charges. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for sexual assault cases to arise from doctor-patient relationships. The private and trusted relationship between a doctor and patient leaves a lot of room for abuse and convictions have a heavy toll. If you are a doctor and fear that you may have crossed the line with a patient, I would be happy to discuss your situation with you in a Free and Confidential Consultation. Contact me today at 1-866-664-8118. Visit my website and learn more about sexual assault charges and penalties in New Jersey at www.palumbo-renaud.com

Repeat Sex Offenders in Morris County New Jersey

Megan’s law requires continued supervision of sex offenders after they are released from incarceration.  The debate over the morality of Megan’s law is longstanding. Many people feel that Megan’s law prevents convicted sex offenders from moving on with their lives and fully obtaining a second chance.  Unfortunately a recent news broadcast illustrates exactly the importance of the opposing view and in maintaining supervision of sex offenders after release.

Last week in Morris County, New Jersey, a paroled pedophile was charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy.  A formal indictment was handed down for six counts of second-degree sexual assault, third-degree child endangerment and a fourth-degree charge for a violation of Megan’s law.  The arrest took place after a parole officer conducted a routine check and found the boy and the convict wearing only shorts.  The boy stated that he was handcuffed behind his back before the man took a nap with him.

The convict was listed as a Tier 2 Megan’s law offender, a tier that many people find offensive to individual rights.  Tier 2 offenders are required to provide information to law enforcement so that schools, day cares, camps, and community organizations may be notified of the individual’s presence.  While generally only Tier 3 offenders must place their name on an internet list, in exceptional situations, Tier 2 offenders will also be placed on internet.

My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Sex Crimes defense attorney and I have experience representing the rights and freedoms of repeat sex offenders. I understand the positive side of Megan’s law, I also know how important it is that everyone has the chance to fully rehabilitate from their past acts.  If you have been charged with a sex crime in New Jersey, visit my website for more information at www.palumbo-renaud.com.

Criminal Sexual Contact v. Sexual Assault in New Jersey

In New Jersey, criminal sexual contact and sexual assault are similar crimes because both result when two people with a particular relationship or age difference engage in a sexually prohibited act.  The statutory guidelines which set out the age difference and particular relationship required are relatively similar in both crimes.  For example, both crimes can be charged when certain sexual conduct takes place between a child between the ages of 13 and 16-years-old and an adult at least four years older.  However, where the two crimes really diverge is in the type of sexual conduct required for a charge.  Sexual assault requires sexual penetration for a charge, but criminal sexual contact only requires a sexual contact.

In New Jersey, sexual contact is an intentional touching (under or over clothing) of a person’s sexual organs, genital area, anal area, inner thigh, groin, butt or breast, committed with the purpose of degrading the victim or sexually arousing the toucher.  Sexual contact can also occur if the actor touches himself while the victim is watching.  Sexual penetration means vaginal intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio, anal intercourse, and insertion of the hand, finger or object into the anus or vagina.  It does not matter how deep the penetration is.  A little is enough.  Thus, in sum, sexual assault requires that the parties engage in heavier sexual conduct in order for a charge to result, whereas criminal sexual conduct may result simply from a sexual rubbing over the clothes.

My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey sex crimes attorney and I have a lot of experience defending people charged with both criminal sexual contact and sexual assault in New Jersey.  Few charges are as overwhelming for a client as those involving illegal sexual acts.  The stigma associated with such crimes can easily destroy a life without much evidence and even without a shred of veracity.  When a person is charged with a sex crime, it is imperative to contact an attorney immediately.  While all cases are easier handled from the beginning, this is especially true with sex crimes and it is important to have an aggressive attorney by your side to make sure unnecessary incriminating evidence does not accumulate against you.  If you would like to discuss your situation with a seasoned attorney who won’t judge you or make you feel uncomfortable, contact me today at 1-866-664-8118 for a free and private consultation.  I also encourage people to visit my website at www.palumbo-renaud.com.