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  • What Happens When You're Added to the NJ Sex Offender Registry

    Sex crime convictions in New Jersey can be severe, including lengthy jail sentences and steep fines with the possibility of additional restitutions paid to the alleged victim. Arguably the most damaging of penalties, however, is the mandatory registration to the New Jersey sex offender list . Even people convicted of low-level, nonviolent sex crimes, such as public lewdness , will need to ...
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  • Man faces sex charges after being caught with teen

    A New Jersey man was taken into custody for sex offenses and other charges after police investigating a possible car accident found him in the company of a 16-year-old girl on March 11. The suspect, age 32, met the teen online. According to reports, Florham Park police received a report about a damaged vehicle sitting in the parking lot of a local recreation facility. Responding officers ...
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  • 3 men sentenced to prison for failing to register new addresses

    It was reported Feb. 22 that three individuals who were on the New Jersey sex offender list were sent to jail after they did not update their addresses. All sex offenders must keep their addresses updated under Megan's Law. The three cases were not related. One 38-year-old man from Toms River pleaded guilty Dec. 21 to failing to register his new address in October. He was sentenced to 364 days in ...
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  • International Megan's Law passes Congress

    New Jersey residents may be interested to learn that Congress voted to identify sex offenders by putting a unique mark on their passports. If the law is signed by President Barack Obama, supporters hope that sex trafficking in other parts of the world may be reduced. The bill, known as International Megan's Law, was sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith after it was found in a 2010 GAO report that 4,500 ...
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  • Charges related to prostitution in New Jersey

    It is a federal crime to transport someone between states or in foreign commerce for reasons of prostitution or any other reason that is immoral. Laws vary from state to state, but those involved in providing sexual services, as well as the customer asking for them, could face criminal charges. Anyone acting as a broker between the two may be charged with pandering or pimping. Prostitution forms ...
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  • New Jersey man charged with sexual assault after 911 call

    A 25-year-old New Jersey man was arrested for alleged sexual assault and drug possession after authorities traced a 911 call to his home early Nov. 22. He was held at Bergen County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail. According to a news release by the Bergen County prosecutor, Allendale police received an abandoned emergency call from an unidentified cellphone and tracked it to the suspect's residence ...
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  • Former Subway spokesperson sentenced for child porn charges

    Residents of Bergen County may have taken notice of a high-profile criminal trial relating to sexual malfeasance by a national celebrity. Jared Fogle, the prominent former spokesperson for the Subway restaurant chain, has been sentenced to over 15 years of imprisonment after a pleading guilty to receipt of child pornography and other crimes of a sexual nature. Mr. Fogle has admitted to several ...
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  • Statutory rape laws in New Jersey

    In New Jersey, the age of consent is 16. A person who is accused of having sex or otherwise engaging in sexual activity with a person who is under the age of 16 may be charged with statutory rape. By definition, statutory rape occurs when a person over the age of consent has sex with someone who is under the age of consent. Statutory rape differs from child molestation and other types of rape in ...
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  • Teen faces huge consequences for taking nude photos of himself

    The unusual stories that occasionally play out on scripted court dramas where a teen faces sex offender charges for his or her own pictures actually do have a basis in reality. New Jersey residents might be interested in the latest story of a North Carolina teenager who was found with a cellphone containing his own nude selfies and charged with sexual exploitation. The 17-year-old Fayetteville boy ...
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  • Ex-fire chief no longer facing child porn charges

    In February 2013, a New Jersey man was detained along with 24 other individuals as part of a child pornography sting. The 64-year-old had previously served as a fire captain in Union County before his retirement, and the charges against him revolved around allegations that he had distributed the illegal content with other users in a form of file-sharing network. In early September 2015, however, ...
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  • Former student found not guilty of sexual assault

    New Jersey students may be interested to learn that, on Aug. 28, a former student at a New Hampshire prep school who was accused of raping a 15-year-old girl was found not guilty. The former student, age 19, was still found guilty of several other related charges that could still result in an 11-year prison sentence. The trial heavily focused on what was referred to as the "senior salute," where ...
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  • Ravens cheerleader sentenced in child rape case

    New Jersey residents may have been following the story of a former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader who was convicted of raping a 15-year-old boy. A judge recently ordered her to spend every other weekend for the next two years in a work-release facility. She was also ordered to pay $10,650 to the family and to register as a sex offender. In June, the 48-year-old woman pled guilty to a count of ...
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  • Federal judge rules sex offender program unconstitutional

    People in New Jersey may be interested to learn of a recent federal ruling in which Minnesota's post-prison mandatory sex offender treatment program was ruled unconstitutional. The state's program confines people for an indeterminate period of time even after they have served their prison sentences. Although the ruling pertains to that state alone, it could potentially affect similar programs in ...
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  • Family seeks new sentence after son is put on sex offender list

    New Jersey parents may have read the reports of a case has brought attention to the arbitrary application of sex offender status to someone who had consensual sex with a young woman who lied about her age. The judge plans to reconsider the sentence and possibly remove the 19-year-old man from the sex offender registry The defendant met a young woman through a dating app, and she claimed to be 17 ...
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  • Subway's Jared Fogle under investigation for child porn

    New Jersey residents may no longer see the face of Jared Fogle in their local Subway stores after federal authorities raided his home on July 7. The raid reportedly occurred two months after the authorities charged the former director of his foundation with production and possession of child pornography. The raid occurred at Fogle's home in Indiana. It appeared that a number of electronics were ...
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  • Judge's ruling could mean release for sex offenders

    New Jersey residents may be interested in a Minnesota judge's ruling ordering the state to revise its Sex Offender Program. After an offender completes his or her jail sentence, he or she is ordered into the program , which has not fully discharged a resident in 20 years. The judge said that the state has one more chance to change its program before the judge will institute his own remedies. Among ...
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  • New Jersey sentences for sexual assault convictions

    When a jury convicts someone of sexual assault, there are several factors that the judge considers when determining how the individual will be punished. These include the severity of the crime, state statutes regarding sentencing, and mitigating and aggravating circumstances. The term "sexual assault" is used in New Jersey as the legal phrase for "rape." Sexual assault is defined as any sexual ...
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  • Teacher indicted for alleged sex with students

    According to the Acting Essex County Prosecutor, a 35-year-old teacher was indicted on allegations she had sex with six male students, all underage at the time. The woman reportedly was a language arts teacher at Columbia High School in Maplewood, a position that she had held for nine years. The woman was initially arrested for charges involving five underage students on Sept. 17. When the case ...
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  • Legislation extending Megan's Law passed

    On Jan. 26, a bill to extend the reach of Megan's Law was passed by Congress. Sponsored by New Jersey Representative Chris Smith, the new law would extend beyond the United States borders. Under the legislation, the United States is required to notify other countries when a convicted sex offender is traveling abroad. Megan's Law was passed after a 7-year-old girl was kidnapped and killed by a ...
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  • New Jersey teen charged with sex crimes after alleged incident

    New Jersey residents may be interested in an alleged incident involving sexual misconduct in the back of a Hoboken supermarket. A teenager is now facing charges in connection with the incident, though details about the arrest had not yet been released. On Dec. 19, reports indicate that a 19-year-old woman was walking behind a ShopRite supermarket located on Madison Street. While the woman was ...
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  • New Jersey man charged with sexual assault

    On Jan. 16, a 43-year-old former New Jersey basketball coach was indicted on sexual assault charges after he was accused of being involved with two boys in 2010 and 2011. Additionally, the former coach, who also acted as a recreation director, was charged with offenses stemming from alleged sexually explicit conversations with two other boys. He was first accused of engaging in multiple sex acts ...
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  • What is Megan's Law?

    In New Jersey, Megan's Law was originally signed into law on Oct. 31, 1994, requiring those convicted of sex offenses to register and setting community notification standards for the areas in which convicted sex offenders reside. The law was broadened to include mandatory Internet registration when a new portion was signed into law on July 31, 2001. Since that time, people convicted of certain sex ...
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  • New Jersey substitute teacher charged with sexual assault

    A 21-year-old woman who works as a substitute teacher has been accused of sexual assault. The woman faces several charges for sex crimes after an alleged incident that occurred on Nov. 20 in Wayne, New Jersey. Charges were filed the following day after a special victims unit investigated the incident. According to the principal of the high school where the woman was substituting, she was not ...
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  • Possible defenses to NJ lewdness charges

    The freedom of expression and the ability to do as one pleases without interference from government are rights enjoyed by residents of New Jersey and other communities throughout the United States. These rights are not, however, without limitation. Society prohibits people from engaging in acts of indecency such as lewdness that might be observed by other people. Lewdness in New Jersey occurs when ...
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  • What is sexual assault?

    Under New Jersey law, sexual assault is considered a serious crime. An individual who is convicted of this offense could face severe sanctions such as a long term in prison. Depending on the circumstances of a case, an individual could be charged with sexual assault, which is a second-degree offense. However, if penetration occurred, the accused person might be charged with aggravated sexual ...
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