According to authorities, a Paterson man has been charged with Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child after allegedly sexually assaulting a teenager in Moonachie. Police had been looking for 22 year-old Nathan Santana since November 2018, and he was finally located last week in Moonachie. After receiving information that Santana assaulted a 16 year-old girl, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office conducted an investigation, and charged him on November 5, 2018. Santana appeared before a Superior Court Judge on Monday and is staying in jail pending a detention hearing. Click here to read more at www.patersontimes.com.
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.
Endangering the Welfare of a Child is typically a crime of the third degree which is punishable by a period between 3 and 5 years in New Jersey State Prison, however, in more serious aggravating acts, the charge may be considered a crime of the second degree which is punishable by a period of between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
If you or someone you know is charged with Sexual Assault or Endangering the Welfare of a Child, you should contact an attorney immediately, especially given the possibility of prison time. Criminal Defense Lawyer, Alissa D. Hascup has successfully defended thousands of Sexual Assault cases as well as those charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and other sexual offenses in towns like Paterson, Clifton and Wayne. If you or someone you know is charged or may be charged with these serious offenses, contact her office today for a free consultation about your case. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.