When someone is awaiting trial for one set of charges, being arrested again can prolong the overall experience. Multiple criminal charges that are essentially the same can result in harsher sentences in those instances where convictions are ultimately secured. Recently, a New Jersey man found himself under arrest for sexual assault after a similar incident allegedly occurred roughly a year earlier.

The 20-year-old man was arrested for an alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl who was said to be an acquaintance. The girl’s father allegedly learned of sexual activity between the two and contacted the local police. After that initial report of the incident, authorities with the Special Victims Unit and Child Protection were notified.

In the summer of 2013, the same man was arrested and charged with engaging in sexual activity with a 14-year-old acquaintance. In that case, the mother of the alleged victim contacted authorities. There is a scheduled trial for that incident. There is also an arraignment scheduled for the new charges he is facing.

The possible penalties for anyone charged with sexual assault in New Jersey can be far-reaching and can have an impact on all aspects of someone’s life. Those convicted typically have to register as a sexual offender, which can impact where a person may live and work in the future. Anyone charged with any kind of sexual assault may benefit from understanding the potential consequences and also carefully reviewing any kind of evidence, such as witness statements, that may be offered against them at trial. Preparing a meaningful defense strategy can help in challenging prosecution evidence and in presenting an effective case at trial.

Source: nj.com, Palisades Park man charged with sexually assaulting multiple teen girls, James Kleimann, March 24, 2014