Police recently arrested a Virginia man who allegedly sexually assaulted an underage girl from Montville, NJ.
According to officials, the 21-year-old suspect had been carrying on the online relationship with the young girl since October 2013. When the relationship allegedly started, the victim was only 12 years old.
The suspect, who lives in Waynesboro VA, allegedly sent several sexually explicit videos to the victim. Authorities also believe that the suspect received sexually explicit videos from the victim.
Law enforcement initially learned of the relationship when the girl informed someone that the suspect was threatening to post a video of her engaging in sexually explicit acts. The suspect was reportedly going to post the video on Instagram.
Police began an investigation into the suspect and listened in on a phone call between the victim and the suspect. During the phone conversation, the suspect allegedly acknowledged that he had participated in sexual video chats with the victim on prior occasions.
The suspect was placed under arrest in Virginia and charged with sex crimes, including sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the sexual assault charges in New Jersey, he faces severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2, sexual assault is a second degree felony. A conviction on second degree sexual assault charges could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison. The offender could also be subject to Megan’s Law sex offender registration requirements after he is released from prison.
Following his arrest, the suspect was extradited to New Jersey. He was then remanded to the Morris County Jail in Morristown, NJ, where he was being held on a $125,000 bail amount.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Va. Man Allegedly Had Online Sex with Montville Teen, Report Says.”