A Mount Olive NJ man is likely headed to jail after pleading guilty to criminal charges for attempted criminal sexual contact.
The suspect is a 26-year-old man who worked as a construction worker and lived in the Budd Lake area of Mount Olive, New Jersey. According to Morris County prosecutors, the suspect saw a 16-year-old female walking on Route 46 in June 2015 and asked her to get inside his Ford F-150 pickup truck. The suspect allegedly went so far as to exit his truck, follow the girl on foot, and ask her to go get coffee with him.
The victim later called her mom and told her about the incident. The victim’s mother then dialed 911 and contacted local law enforcement, which dispatched police officers to the scene to investigate.
The suspect was eventually charged with a sex crime for luring. Now the suspect has reached a plea agreement with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. In exchange for pleading guilty to a lesser criminal charge of attempted criminal sexual contact, the suspect will likely be sentenced to a term of incarceration of 180 days in the local county jail and fined more than $1,000.
Additionally, the suspect will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law once he is released from jail.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Man Admits He Invited Girl, 16, into Truck Hoping for Sex, Report Says.”