Parents know that every child is different, and sometimes special factors in a child’s life begin to have effects in unexpected ways as the child grows older. In some cases, when a teenager’s behavior comes to the attention of law enforcement, it becomes necessary for the parents to seek legal intervention in order to protect their child’s well-being.

Despite the common belief that a juvenile’s arrest record is automatically expunged when he or she turns 18, that is not the case in New Jersey. However, if a defense attorney can intervene early in juvenile proceedings, then it may be possible to protect an accused young person from long-term, negative consequences.

A New Jersey teen is facing serious charges linked to five alleged incidents related to unwanted sexual contact. The 13-year-old is accused of a number of crimes, including aggravated sexual assault and harassment.

Five women have accused the boy of inappropriately touching them in a southern New Jersey apartment complex. The women claim that, in separate incidents spanning from December to February, they were approached and groped by the teen. All of the women said they either screamed or yelled at the boy, who then ran away.

Reportedly, a resident of the Camden County apartment complex saw a teenager who matched the description of the suspect. The resident apparently called police, and the boy was arrested and taken to the local juvenile detention center.

With a serious charge such as sexual assault, it is especially important, from a defense perspective, to intervene in juvenile proceedings as soon as possible. Such intervention may include structuring healthy outlets for a child to expend energy, as well as guiding the young person so that he or she can avoid legal troubles in the future.

Source: CBS New York, “Boy, 13, Accused Of String Of Sexual Assaults In Southern New Jersey,” March 3, 2014