On June 3, 2015, the suspect was driving his 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck around Mount Olive NJ and pulled over when he noticed the young victim walking along Route 46 near a local motel. The suspect began to talk to the young victim and then attempted to get her to enter the truck.
The victim refused to get inside the truck and instead called her mom. The mother then went to the Mount Olive Police Department and reported the suspect.
The suspect, a 26-year-old construction worker from the Budd Lake section of Mount Olive, was initially charged with luring. He eventually reached a plea agreement with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and pleaded guilty to lesser charges of attempted criminal sexual contact.
Since luring is a second degree felony while criminal sexual contact is a fourth degree felony, the plea deal will allow the suspect to avoid a stringent penalty. The suspect is likely to be sentenced to just 180 days in the county jail. Additionally, the suspect is likely to be ordered to register as a convicted sex offender under Megan’s Law.
To learn more about this case, view the DailyRecord.com article, “Man Admits Trying to Get Girl in His Truck in Mount Olive.”