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Indiana Man Arrested for Allegedly Sending Nude Photos to NJ Teen

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jul 09, 2024 | 0 Comments

An Indiana man has been charged with six felony counts, including child solicitation, for allegedly sending nude photos over the Internet to a 14-year-old New Jersey girl. According to the sheriff's office in Henry County, Indiana, the defendant sent a number of nude photos of the defendant and his girlfriend to the 14-year-old and had sent the girl money using a cash app.

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Obscenity Charges in New Jersey

While the defendant in this case allegedly committed the crime in Indiana and was arrested and charged there, New Jersey, of course, has its own laws that apply in cases where adults are accused of sending inappropriate images to minors.

In particular, sending or showing “obscene material” to someone under the age of 18 can result in what is called third-degree criminal charges of “Obscenity for persons under 18.” These can result in a sentence of between three and five years and a fine of up to $30,000.

The statute defines obscene material to include various depictions “of a specified anatomical area or specified sexual activity” that “emits sensuality” and focuses “prurient interest on the area or activity.” By “specified anatomical area,” the statute means “human genitals, pubic region, buttock or female breasts” below a certain point.

Luring or Enticing Charges in New Jersey

The defendant in the Indiana case was charged with “child solicitation” under Indiana law. New Jersey's law against “luring” or “enticing” a child is similar, though broader in scope. It applies when someone attempts “via electronic or any other means” to “lure or entice” a child into a location for the purpose of committing “a criminal offense with or against a child,” which, of course, can include any number of sexual offenses as well as others that are not sexual in nature. Luring or enticing is a crime of the second degree in New Jersey that can result in a prison term of 5 to 10 years, as well as mandatory registration as a sex offender.

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The Lento Law Firm Criminal Defense Team has helped clients accused of serious crimes, including sex crimes, all across New Jersey. We protect our clients by making sure that prosecutors and courts follow the protections that have been set in place – by the US and New Jersey Constitutions and by the laws of the State of New Jersey – to make sure that an accused person receives a fair trial. To learn more about how the Lento Law Firm Criminal Defense Team can help you, call us today at 888.535.3686 or schedule a confidential consultation online with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys.

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