A forty-five year old male from Falls Township, Pa. was arrested and charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child in Trenton, New Jersey this week. The Defendant, who is a fourth grade teacher at Franklin Elementary School in Trenton, is alleged to have inappropriately grabbed the victim several times while they were in the classroom alone. The victim, who is nine years old, has indicated that the assaults occurred back in December of 2016. She went on to indicate that she failed to report the incidents until May of 2017 out of fear that the Defendant would have given her bad grades.
A report from child protective services is what first broke the case for the detectives. The Defendant was taken into custody Friday morning at the Franklin Elementary School and he remains in the Mercer County Jail. It is unclear at this point in time whether the State has filed for a Detention Hearing under the new bail reform. If that is the case, the State would be seeking to detain the Defendant in the Mercer County Jail, without bail, pending trial.
Sexual Assault of this nature is a second degree felony offense in New Jersey. If convicted, a Defendant could be facing up to a decade behind bars, a fine up to $150,000, Megan’s Law Registry and Parole Supervision for Life. In addition, do to the fact that the Defendant was in a “supervisor role”, the endangering the welfare of a child charge will be a second degree felony as well. All the aforementioned penalties would apply for this offense to. If you have been charged with a sex offense in Mercer County and would like to speak with one of the attorneys at Keith Oliver Criminal Law, then please contact us at 609-789-0779. We serve all of Mercer County, including Trenton, Lawrence, Ewing, Hamilton, Hopewell, Robbinsville, Hightstown and West Windsor.
Sexual Assault Defense Attorneys in Mercer County, New Jersey
Being charged with any criminal offense can be scary but being charged with a sex related offense can be terrifying. If you have been charged with sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, rape, criminal sexual contact, aggravated criminal sexual contact or endangering the welfare of a child, we can help. These are very serious charges and as such require the assistance of an experienced Mercer County criminal defense lawyer. If you would like to speak to one of our New Jersey criminal defense attorney today, then please contact us at 609-789-0779.