In addition to having to register under Megan’s Law, a person who has been convicted of a sex offense in New Jersey may be subject to supervision for life. Depending on the type of offense and when the person was convicted, the court may order community supervision for life or parole supervision for life. Our sexual assault overview has more on community supervision and parole supervision.
A man in northern New Jersey was recently sentenced to 364 days in jail after admitting that he broke the terms of a supervision order and traveled to Pennsylvania to care for his ailing wife. In July 2004, he was convicted of trying to lure or entice a child, and as part of his sentence, he was ordered to wear a GPS ankle monitor. In late March, an alert indicated to authorities that the monitoring device had been tampered with, and a warrant for the man’s arrest was issued by parole officials.
A month after authorities received the alert, the 51-year-old man was located and taken into custody in Pennsylvania. He was extradited to New Jersey and charged with interfering with a monitoring device. In court, it was pointed out that his wife’s medical problems and his pursuit of work were motivating factors in his decision to remove the tracking device and leave the state.
Leading up to his sentencing, the man remained in jail, and he was given credit for serving 100 days of the 364-day sentence. Additionally, he was ordered to pay the cost of the monitoring device — more than $2,200 — and the cost of extradition from Pennsylvania.
When a person makes a mistake with regard to supervision and registration under Megan’s Law, authorities take the matter very seriously. To protect their rights and future, individuals faced with this situation should speak with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Source: NJ.com, “Knowlton Township sex offender sentenced to jail after removing GPS tracker and going to Pennsylvania,” Matthew Bultman, Sept. 8, 2014