Teaneck police increase patrols after luring incidents
By Travis Tormey posted in Sex Crimes on Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Teaneck police have increased the number of patrols, especially in areas where young people are present, after a number of reported luring incidents. The police chief has increased the number of patrols near schools, parks, and the Teaneck library. These increased patrols came in response to an 8-year-old boy telling Ridgewood police that he was accosted in a restauarant bathroom. For additional information, see the Bergen Record article entitled “Teaneck police boost patrols following luring incidents; latest in Ridgewood”.
According to the article, Sunday’s incident was the lastest in a string of luring incidents in north jersey. “Four luring reports have been made in New Milford since Thursday, and nearly a dozen have been reported in North Jersey since mid-September. Similar reports of strangers approaching children have been reported to police in Westwood, Maywood, Hackensack, Hawthorne, Washington Township, Ridgewood, Fair Lawn and Fairview.”
Luring, enticing and solicitation charges are governed by statute N.J.S.A. 2C:13-6 which provides in pertinent part:
§ 2C:13-6. Luring, enticing child by various means, attempts; crime of second degree; subsequent offense, mandatory imprisonment…
a. A person commits a crime of the second degree if he attempts, via electronic or any other means, to lure or entice a child or one who he reasonably believes to be a child into a motor vehicle, structure or isolated area, or to meet or appear at any other place, with a purpose to commit a criminal offense with or against the child…
d. A person convicted of a second or subsequent offense under this section shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection a. of N.J.S.A. 2C:43-6, the term of imprisonment shall include, unless the person is sentenced pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2C:43-7, a mandatory minimum term of one-third to one-half of the sentence imposed, or three years, whichever is greater, during which time the defendant shall not be eligible for parole. If the person is sentenced pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:43-7, the court shall impose a minimum term of one-third to one-half of the sentence imposed, or five years, whichever is greater…
f. Notwithstanding the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2C:1-8 or any other law, a conviction under this section shall not merge with a conviction of any other criminal offense, nor shall such other conviction merge with a conviction under this section, and the court shall impose separate sentences upon each violation of this section and any other criminal offense. The court may not suspend or make any other non-custodial disposition of any person sentenced pursuant to this section.
According to the above statute, luring a child is a second degree crime punishable by five (5) to ten (10) years in New Jersey State prison and mandatory Megan’s Law sex offender registration.