Middlesex County Sheriff’s Officer Charged with Sexual Assault

A Middlesex County Sheriff’s Officer is being accused of having sex with a 17 year-old girl in Lehigh Valley and trying to have sex with a 14 year-old girl, who according to Pennsylvania Authorities, was actually an undercover cop. On Friday, Joshua Padilla, 33, of Eatontown was arrested by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Pennsylvania Police. 

Authorities say that they were tipped off last month about Padilla’s relationship with the teenager, who he met online. Padilla allegedly recorded two sexual acts which took place in the spring and uploaded them to them to a website called adultfriendfinder.com where the video was viewed and shared with others. According to Authorities, during their investigation, Padilla was caught texting a 14 year-old girl sexually explicit messages including photos of his genitals, and asking for photos of her. Padilla was charged with Sexual Assault, Unlawful Contact with a minor and sexual abuse of children, Manufacturing, Disseminating and Possessing Child Pornography. The Sheriff’s Officer, who had been working for Middlesex County since 2015, was suspended without pay. Click here to read more at www.nj.com.

The penalties if convicted of Sexual Assault can be severe. Sexual Assault is a crime of the Second Degree, punishable by a period between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison, 85% of which must be served under the No Early Release Act ( NERA ) before the benefit of parole. Additionally, a Sexual Assault conviction also carries with it the following requirements: Community Supervision for Life, Megan’s Law Registration, and a psychosexual evaluation.

If you or someone you know is charged with Sexual Assault, it is necessary to contact an experienced attorney who can guide you through the legal process. Former Morris County Prosecutor Alissa D. Hascup is a skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer who has successfully represented individuals charged with sexual assault. She is committed to fighting for the best outcome for your case. Contact her office for a free consultation about your case. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.