One New Jersey man who was under police investigation as the result of sexual assault charges has now been accused of more sex offenses. The initial charges stem from allegations of filing people in an amusement park bathroom. For these sex offenses, he is currently in county jail. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in jail on the sexual assault charges alone.
While the details of the incidents that led to these further charges are sparse, police say that they believe he was responsible for filming a child who was less than 16 years old while performing a sexual act.
Police investigators also assert that he had assaulted a child that was between the ages of 11 and 12. In addition, they claim that he had endangered the welfare of a child who was between the ages of 6 and 10. Finally, they allege that they found child porn and a .22-caliber rifle, despite previous prohibitions on gun ownership.
One of the issues that will likely be central to these criminal proceedings is the propriety of any searches carried out by law enforcement authorities. If any of the evidence obtained was confiscated improperly, the evidence may be found to be invalid for use in the coming legal proceedings. Nevertheless, the accused man will need to look carefully at the evidence to ensure that his rights are respected court as he fights the allegations lodged against him.
In court, all those who are accused of a crime are deemed innocent unless proven guilty. In New Jersey, these allegations of sex offenses are serious indeed, and the man appears to face an uphill battle. However with a careful examination of the actual evidence, he may be able to craft a solid criminal defense to reduce or eliminate the charges. Like every person charged with a crime in our state, he has every right to contest the allegations and confront any witness testimony or physical evidence offered against him in court.
Source: Warren Patch, "Sex Assault, Child Porn Latest Charges Against Watchung Man," John Patten, Aug. 18, 2012