Endangering Welfare of Child Charges Filed in Somerset County NJ
Earlier this week detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested a forty-six year old male from Hillsborough after they discovered he was in possession of child pornography. Based on the reports that have been released thus far, it appears that the defendant had taken his HP Envy Notebook to a Bridgewater Township electronics store for repairs late last week. During the course of there repairs, an employee uncovered sexually explicit images of children, which he immediately informed the local authorities about.
Local authorities then used that information to obtain a search warrant for the defendant’s computer. Once the warrant was secured, the New Jersey Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL) conducted an in depth forensic examination of the defendant’s computer. During the search they discovered that the defendant was using an internet browser in an attempt to search for child pornography. According to the reports, once the search warrant was executed, a warrant was issued for the defendant’s arrest. The warrant was eventually executed on Monday at around 10:30 am when the defendant was taken into custody at his home in Hillsborough. Once he was taken into custody, he was taken to the Somerset County Jail where he awaited his Central Judicial Processing Hearing (CJP). During this hearing the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office had to decide whether or not they will be filing a formal Detention Motion. If they choose to do so, it will be up to the judge to decide whether or not the defendant will be detained in the Somerset County Jail, without bail, pending trial.
Endangering the Welfare of a Child Sentence in NJ
The endangering the welfare of a child statute in New Jersey is exhaustive. It covers a tremendous amount of conduct, including possession of child pornography. Possession of child pornography is considered a crime of the third degree in New Jersey. However, unlike most other third degree indictable offenses in New Jersey, anyone convicted of this offense would not obtain a presumption against incarceration. If convicted of this offense, an individual will be facing up to five years in a State Prison and a fine up to $15,000. For more information on child pornography charges in New Jersey, please click the link.
Child Pornography Possession Defense Attorneys in Hillsborough
The criminal defense attorneys at Keith Oliver Criminal Law have dedicated their careers to defending those accused of crimes, including possession of child pornography, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal sexual contact, aggravated criminal sexual contact and luring. If you have unfortunately found yourself in this type of situation and would like to discuss your options with one of the attorneys at our office then please contact us directly at 908-533-1064. As always, our initial consultations are free of costs, so if you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us. We serve all of Somerset and Hunterdon County, including Hillsborough, Raritan, Bedminster, Somerville, Flemington, Clinton, Franklin, Watchung, Readington and North Plainfield.