The 34-year-old defendant is said to have committed the lewd act by exposing his genitals online via a webcam. Prosecutors said that the defendant was completely naked and laying on his bed when he exposed himself three times to an undercover detective. The undercover detective was from the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office. The detective’s screen name included a girl’s name and the number 13.
According to prosecutors, the defendant initiated the conversation with the detective.
The instant message chat reportedly lasted 17 minutes. During the chat, the defendant allegedly acknowledged that he knew the girl/detective was “too young.”
According to prosecutors, the suspect was already registered as a sex offender under Megan’s Law before the incident. The sex offender registration reportedly stemmed from a conviction for a similar incident involving an online law enforcement sting in 2006. The defendant was convicted of attempted criminal sexual contact and sentenced to 3 years of probation in that case.
Now the defendant has been sentenced for another sex crime.
In June 2014, a Morris County jury rendered its verdict and found the defendant guilty on third degree child endangerment charges and third degree charges of attempting to transmit obscene materials to a minor.
This month, a Morris County Superior Court judge sentenced the defendant to serve 4 years in New Jersey State Prison. Additionally, the defendant will be required to continue registering as a sex offender and he will be subject to parole supervision for the rest of his life.
After sentencing, the New Jersey acting attorney general described the defendant as “every parent’s worst nightmare when it comes to protecting children online.”
To learn more about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “‘Parent’s Worst Nightmare’ Jailed for Exposing Himself Online to Cop Posing as 13-Year-Old Girl.”