Detectives Bust Massage Parlor for Prostitution in Hillsborough
According to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson, an anonymous tip to an “app” called “STOPIT” leads a women from Queens, N.Y. being arrested and charged with one count of soliciting prostitution. After receiving the tip, Somerset County prosecutor detectives along with Hillsborough detectives decided to send an undercover officer into the Route 206 massage parlor to further investigate. Based on the information that has been released at this point in time, when the undercover detective entered the massage parlor he was met by the Defendant. During their initial encounter the undercover officer was allegedly propositioned by the Defendant for a sexual act in exchange for U.S. currency.
Based on the Defendant’s alleged solicitation she was placed under arrest and taken down to the Hillsborough Police Department for processing. She was formally charged with one count of soliciting prostitution. She was released upon his own recognizance and is due to appear in the Hillsborough Municipal Court to answer for the charges. Provided this is the Defendant’s first arrest for soliciting prostitution, the Defendant will be charged with a disorderly persons offenses, which is New Jersey’s version of a misdemeanor. If convicted, the Defendant will be facing up to six months in the Somerset County Jail and a fine up to $1,000. However, if the Defendant has previously been convicted of this offense her charge will be elevated to a fourth degree indictable offense, which is our version of a felony and as a result the charges would need to be transferred to the Somerset County Superior Court for disposition. If convicted of a fourth degree indictable offense the Defendant will be facing up to eighteen months in State Prison and a fine up to $10,000.
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As you can see from just reading above, soliciting prostitution is not something to take lightly. Law enforcement throughout the State, including in Somerset County actively investigates and aggressively prosecutes these types of allegations. If you or a loved one has been charged with soliciting prostitution, promoting prostitution or endangering the welfare of a child in Somerset or Hunterdon County we strongly urge that you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Our office serves all of Somerset and Hunterdon County, including towns like Hillsborough, Somerville, Readington, Raritan, South Bound Brook, Manville, Franklin, Bedminster, Clinton and Plainfield. If you would like to schedule a free initial consultation today, please contact our Bridgewater office at 908.533.1064 or you can try contacting us online.