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Bergen County man accused of sex with minor, sexual assault

Being charged with a sex crime can have devastating effects on one’s professional and personal life. Even if the charges are later dropped, there are still lasting consequences. The social stigma of accusations of rapecan prevent one from dating, obtaining employment or even finding housing.

In the age of technology, anyone can complete a quick background check and learn of any prior arrests. But rape isn’t always a violent crime—even consensual sexual activity can lead to sexual assault charges in New Jersey depending on the age of those involved.

A 21-year-old man is currently in Bergen County Jail for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year old girl. It is unknown if the relationship was ongoing or if it was a single incident. He is charged with sexual assault because of the age of the alleged victim; it is against the law in New Jersey for a person between the ages of 13 and 16 to have intercourse with someone four years older than they are. The teenage girl’s parents contacted authorities upon learning of the sexual relationship.

The New Jersey laws surrounding statutory rape are very strict. It does not matter if the act in question was consensual, nor does it matter if the underage participant misrepresented their age; neither is considered a valid defense. There are ways to minimize the consequences of being charged with sex crimes, however. Those who have been accused of such crimes may want to speak with an experienced attorney to evaluate their options before they enter a plea for the charges.

Source: Source: Cliff View Pilot, “Moonachie man, 21, had sex with girl, 15, authorities charge,” Jerry DeMarco, June 3, 2013.