Jersey City Police Officer Stephen Wilson was arrested for agreeing to meet adults in Atlantic City, whom he came to know through an incest chat group, and pay them $200 to sexually assault two underage girls, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Wilson, 34, of Bayonne was arrested this afternoon in a parking area in Atlantic City, where he allegedly agreed to meet the adults who offered him access to the girls, Grewal said in a statement.
Wilson allegedly encountered the other adults through an incest chat group and they offered him access to two girls – ages 8 and 10 – to sexually assault in exchange for $200.
He also allegedly agreed to bring condoms if he intended to engage in sexual intercourse with the children and Wilson had condoms and more than $500 in cash in his possession when he was arrested.
Wilson was arrested in an investigation by the New Jersey State Police, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice.
He was charged by complaint-warrant with first-degree conspiracy to commit human trafficking, second-degree attempted aggravated sexual assault, and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
Wilson will be lodged in the Atlantic County Jail pending a detention hearing.
Grewal commended the Detectives of the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, Special Agents of HSI Newark, and Deputy Attorneys General of the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) Financial & Cyber Crimes Bureau.
Additionally, 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.
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.
Furthermore, third-degree charges carry a sentence of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
Grewal, NJSP Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan, and New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Director Veronica Allende urge 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.