Some major charges are facing a Jersey City, New Jersey police officer after he allegedly traveled to Atlantic City to sexually assault two young girls.

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New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that the officer was arrested yesterday after he "allegedly communicated using a chat app with other adults who indicated they would provide him with access to children he could sexually assault."

Stephen Wilson, 34, of Bayonne was arrested Friday afternoon in an Atlantic City parking area. It was there, says Grewel, "he allegedly agreed to meet the adults who offered him access to the girls. Wilson allegedly had encountered the other adults through an incest chat group, and they offered him access to two girls, ages 10 and 8, to sexually assault in exchange for $200. Wilson allegedly agreed to bring condoms if he intended to engage in sexual intercourse with the children. He had condoms and more than $500 in cash in his possession when he was arrested."

Wilson was arrested and taken to the Atlantic County Jail where he awaits a court appearance on these charges:

  • Conspiracy to Commit Human Trafficking (1st degree)

  • Attempted Aggravated Sexual Assault (2nd degree)

  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child (3rd degree)

Grewel says the investigation was done by the New Jersey State Police, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, and the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice.

First-degree charges carry a sentence of 10 to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to $200,000, while second-degree charges carry a sentence of five to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000. Third-degree charges carry a sentence of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

Grewel commended those who took part in the investigation:

Detectives of the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, under the leadership of NJSP Superintendent Col. Patrick J. Callahan, Special Agents of HSI Newark, under the leadership of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina, and Deputy Attorneys General of the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) Financial & Cyber Crimes Bureau, under the leadership of DCJ Director Veronica Allende. Deputy Attorney General Rachael Weeks is assigned to prosecute the case, under the supervision of Deputy Bureau Chief Lilianne Daniel, Bureau Chief Jillian Carpenter, and DCJ Deputy Director Rob Czepiel.

Finally, Grewel had this statement:

Anyone with information about the distribution of child sexual abuse materials on the internet – or about suspected improper contact by unknown persons communicating with children via the internet or possible exploitation or sexual abuse of children – to please contact the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Tipline at 888-648-6007.

SOURCE: New Jersey Attorney General's Office

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