In New Jersey, people charged with sex crimes often face public scrutiny. Sex crimes carry negative connotations that many of those accused with such crimes often face hardships in gaining employment and joining social activities.
In Union County, a grand jury indicted a 58-year-old man with multiple charges after sexually assaulting a 14-year-old victim and allegedly possessing and producing child pornography involving a young girl.
Authorities arrested him in June following an investigation by the Union County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Unit. The investigation revealed that the man, who works as a bridge operator, sexually assaulted the teenage victim at least once. As a part of the investigation, police confiscated his computer and found pornographic images of an identified man engaged in sexual activity with a girl, approximately six years old. The images were downloaded online and authorities do not have a clue about the identities of the man or child.
He is facing multiple charges, including fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, endangering the welfare of a child, and second-degree sexual assault. He is booked in the county jail with a $500,000 bail. If convicted with the second-degree charges, he would be subjected to five to 10 years in prison and will be permanently barred from holding public employment.
New Jersey has strict rules that bar anyone from sexually abusing anyone and producing and possessing child pornography. If convicted, it is likely that the accused will wind up in prison and suffer other serious penalties.
Fortunately for the man, he is innocent until proven guilty. He can exercise his rights by contesting the charges, maintaining his innocence or entering a plea settlement. However, doing so can be overwhelming. The accused may consult a legal professional for sound and trusted legal advice.
Source: NJ.com, "Middlesex County man indicted on child pornography charges, alleged sexual assault of teen," Dec. 19, 2013