If a person is under the age of 16, he or she is unable to consent to participate in sexual activity in the state of New Jersey. However, there are exceptions for those between the ages of 13 and 15 who engage in sexual activity with those no more than four years older than them. The age of consent is 18 if the older sexual partner has authority over the younger one or if the older partner is a family member.
On July 6, it was reported that a New Jersey teacher was accused of adopting a teenage boy only to allegedly sexually assault him. The 43-year-old teacher reportedly adopted the 15-year-old boy in 2015 after he was kicked out of a relative's home.
In New Jersey, a 33-year-old nurse has been charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child with the possession and distribution of child pornography. This has resulted in his license being suspended pending the resolution of his case.
According to law enforcement authorities with the Mercer County Prosecutor's office, a 44-year-old New Jersey man was charged with possessing and distributing child pornography using his smartphone. The man appeared in court for his initial hearing on Nov. 15 via video link from where he was housed in the Mercer County Jail.
According to law enforcement authorities, a New Jersey camera installer is facing charges related to three separate incidents. The 38-year-old Franklin Township man was initially charged on Sept. 1 with using a surveillance camera system that he had installed to watch a woman in her home.
A bond hearing was held on Aug. 16 for a 32-year-old man who was accused of sexually assaulting a minor by New Jersey authorities. A 32-year-old woman who was also accused of assaulting the minor is facing charges as well.
New Jersey authorities stated that a man allegedly attempted to sexually assault a 16-year-old girl who was riding on a TRANSIT bus in Tenafly on July 16. Police released a sketch of the person who assault the girl on July 20.
A former Catholic priest in New Jersey who admitted to a news source that he had sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy was indicted by a grand jury on May 25 for the act. The incident allegedly happened in 2003, and the ex-priest is believed to now live somewhere in Ecuador, his native country.
A 26-year-old New Jersey high school teacher is facing allegations that he fondled a student's breasts, kissed her neck and touched her legs and back during a meeting the two had together. Following an investigation, he was taken into custody on April 11 and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual conduct. He was being held with a bail of $150,000. Both the police department and the county special victims unit participated in the investigation.
In New Jersey, a Sicklerville man was taken into custody after police found him in his vehicle with a teenage girl on March 11. News reports indicate that the a 32-year-old man had initially met the girl online where he had allegedly exchanged explicit videos and pictures with her. He was facing numerous charges and being held on $20,000 bail.