A Morris County judge recently sentenced a Morristown NJ man to 4 years in prison for exposing himself to an undercover detective posing as a 13-year-old girl.
Authorities said that the 34-year-old defense committed a lewd act when he exposed himself while communicating online via a webcam. According to an undercover detective who was posing as a 13-year-old, the defendant was laying completely naked on his bed when he exposed his genitals three times.
The undercover detective was working out of the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office. The detective’s screen name targeted possible sex predators by including a girl’s name and the number 13. After seeing the screen name, the defendant allegedly initiated the online conversation with the undercover detective.
Prosecutors said that the chat, which lasted 17 minutes, included the defendant acknowledging that the girl/detective was “too young” for him to be communicating with in such a manner.
Making matters worse, the suspect was allegedly already a registered sex offender under Megan’s Law prior to the incident. After being arrested in connection with an online law enforcement sting in 2006, the defendant was convicted of attempted criminal sexual contact. He received a sentence of 3 years of probation in that case.
Now the defendant finds himself convicted and sentenced for yet another sex offense.
A Morris County jury found the defendant guilty of third degree endangering the welfare of a child and third degree attempting to transmit obscene materials to a minor.
A Morris County Superior Court judge recently sentenced the defendant to a term of 4 years in NJ State Prison. Moreover, the defendant will be have to continue registering as a sex offender, as well as undergo parole supervision for the remainder of his life.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “‘Parent’s Worst Nightmare’ Jailed for Exposing Himself Online to Cop Posing as 13-Year-Old Girl.”