Police recently arrested a tattoo parlor manager accused of committing a sex crime against a 13-year-old girl in Randolph, New Jersey.
According to law enforcement, the 34-year-old suspect attempted to have sex with the underage victim.
The suspect reportedly communicated with the victim via text message. During one conversation, the suspect allegedly tried to arrange a meeting with the girl. Police discovered these texts during a later investigation into the suspect.
Police were tipped off to the possible sexual offense when someone called the Randolph Police Department and notified authorities of a sexual assault.
Investigators looked into the allegations and spoke with the victim, who said that the suspect picked her up and drove her to the parking lot of the Long Hill library. It is believed that the sex crime took place in the parking lot.
The suspect was arrested and charged with multiple sex offenses, including luring, criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child.
If the suspect is convicted of the most serious criminal charges, he faces severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2, anyone who uses physical force to commit an act of sexual penetration can be charged with a second degree criminal offense. A conviction on second degree sexual assault charges could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was moved to the Morris County Jail in Morristown, NJ. He secured his release from police custody after posting $75,000 bail.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Randolph Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting a 13-Year-Old, Report Says.”