Wall Twp. Man Facing Endangering the Welfare of a Child Charges Following Sting
According to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni, a forty (40) year old male from Wall Township was arrested and formally charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of promoting obscene materials from a minor. Based on the information that has been released at this point, it appears that the defendant is alleged to have requested naked photos from a fourteen (14) year old boy. In order to commit the crime, the defendant allegedly used an online dating platform to send sexual explicit messages to the boy, which included requesting the photos. Unfortunately for the defendant, the fourteen year old boy was actually an undercover police officer. Following the sting, the defendant was formally taken into custody and processed at the Monmouth County Jail. This investigation involved the efforts of multiple agencies, which include detectives from the Wall Township Police Department, detectives from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and detectives from their special Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
As one would imagine, these are very serious charges and ones that tend to be aggressively prosecuted. The defendant is facing anywhere from 5 to 10 years in a New Jersey State Prison, a fine up to $150,000, a felony criminal record, Parole Supervision for Life as well as mandatory Megan’s Law Registry on the endangering the welfare of a child charge alone. He is facing another 3 to five years in State Prison on the promoting obscene material from a child charge.
Promoting Obscene Material From Minor Charges in Freehold NJ
Typically, promoting obscene material from anyone under the age of eighteen (18) will be considered a third degree indictable offense (felony). The governing statute in New Jersey for promoting obscene material from a minor is N.J.S.A. 2C:34-3b. It states in pertinent part:
A person who knowingly shows obscene material to a person under 18 years of age with the knowledge or purpose to arouse, gratify or stimulate himself or another is guilty of a crime … if the person showing the obscene material is at least four years older than the person under 18 years of age viewing the material.
Anyone who pleads guilty to or is found guilty of this offense will be facing up to five years in a New Jersey State Prison, a fine up to $15,000 and a permanent felony criminal record.
Promoting Obscene Material From a Minor Defense Lawyer in Monmouth County
As you can see from above, promoting obscene material from a minor is not something to take lightly. Furthermore, it should be no secret to anyone that Monmouth County takes these types of offenses very seriously and as a result, these types of allegations tend to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If you have been charged with a serious sex offense like endangering the welfare of a child, luring, aggravated criminal sexual contact, possession of child pornography, sexual assault or any other offense for that matter in Monmouth County, Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. Our attorneys have dedicated their entire careers to defending those accused of serious offenses in towns throughout Monmouth County, including in towns like Middletown, Hazlet, Freehold, Asbury Park, Wall Township, Manalapan, Marlboro, Red Bank, Eatontown and Ocean Township. If you would like to set up a free initial consultation today, please call our office at 732.858.6959 or you can try contacting us online.