Sexual offense charges are quite serious in nature but can arise in a variety of ways. A 58-year-old man from New Jersey was recently arrested for sexual assault of a minor. The victim was allegedly the seven-year-old daughter of the man’s girlfriend.

According to authorities, the man was arrested after a complaint filed by the mother of the victim last month. According to the complaint, the suspect allegedly performed several sexual acts on the child. While the complaint mentioned a specific date of the alleged offense, police are investigating if there were also other instances of child sexual abuse.

The suspect was arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault and child abuse. According to the official complaint, the suspect is also facing the charge of jeopardizing the welfare of a child. The matter is pending before the court and a bail was set by a Hudson County Superior Court judge.

Under New Jersey law, aggravated sexual assault is a crime of the first degree. Anyone facing charges for aggravated sexual assault may be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. Sexual abuse charges also carry a social stigma. In many cases, the suspect is already deemed guilty by society even before the charges are proven. Moreover, if the victim is a child, the gravity of the charges increases even further.

Because of the seriousness of sexual assault charges, it is imperative that a suspect arrested on allegations of sexual misconduct should prepare well to defend against the charges. The correct advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney may help in defending the case strongly and avoiding conviction. The professional may also be helpful in ensuring that the suspect does not have to endure other severe penalties in the form of enrollment in a sex offender registry, parole supervision for life or Internet supervision.

Source: nj.com, “Harrison man, 58, charged with sex assault on girlfriend’s 7-year-old daughter,” Michaelangelo Conte, Dec. 14, 2012