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Howell man charged with sexually assaulting 13 year old girl

Viktor Zhadanov, 26, of Howell was charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old Morris County girl he met in an online kids’ chat room, after police found him alone with her in his SUV at 1 a.m. 

The girl allegedly reported that she had previously met Zhadanov on another occasion when she  performed a sex act on him.   They allegedly met in a kids’ online chat room where he used the name Slave and claimed to be 15 years old and from Newark.

Zhadanov gave a statement and told police that he drove from his home in Howell to meet the girl on a few occasions but he denied knowing her age or that he engaged in any sexual activity with her.  However, there is no indication as to how he claims met her.   

This case will likely turn on whether or not the State can prove the computer evidence.  If they can’t, the entire case will turn on the girl’s credibility.  You kind of have to wonder about a 13 year old girl that is allowed to go out at 1am and what type of family she comes from.  Thus, he may have a decent shot here.

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Crisis counselor charged with sexual assault of 4 children

Jerry Jones, a crisis intervention counselor who works for the Union County Division of Youth Services was arrested on charges of sexual assault involving four children.  The children range in age from 6 to 14 years old.  He is charged with three counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, one count of second-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

The  investigation began after a boy told his parents that Jones had assaulted him and a further investigation revealed additional victims.  This sounds like a real tough case as it is really four cases.  Thus, to win, a defense attorney would have to win all four cases.  The State has to just win one in order to put him away for a long time.

His best bet is to work out a deal and to work it out sooner rather than later.  With his older age, you want to stay away from anything that could be a de facto life sentence. 

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Man charged with sexually assaulting 10 year old in New Brunswick

Jeffrey Hagood, of Commercial Avenue in New Brunswick has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with his alleged assault off a 10 year old girl.  There is no indication as to how he knew this girl, but my guess is that she was the daughter of a girlfriend or other friend that was staying with him.

The case started with an anonymous tip to DYFS and he was eventually arrested.  Again, my guess is that he made a statement where he admitted to the assault.  Otherwise, these cases are tough to prosecute without a statement.

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Aide at Private School in Wall Township arrested for sexual assault

Another day, another school sex case.  This time it wasn’t a teacher, but a teacher’s aide at the Rugby school in Wall Township, New Jersey.  Little is known at the moment except that a school bus driver overheard some children talking about a possible relationship between Brandi E. Shroyer and another student.  Shroyer was arrested at her home in Spring Lake Heights and posted a $100,000 bond to get out of jail.  Clearly she has some money and will likely get a good attorney to fight this case.

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Anthony Iazzetta, Edison high school teacher charged with sexual assault

Anthony Iazzetta, a mathematics teacher at Edison High School was arrested  charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old female student.  Lucky for him, he is 26 and not an older guy.  Thus, a jury would be hard pressed to get too upset over a 17 year old having a relationship with a 26 year old.  Of course, the case is still serious. 

He is charged with with one count each of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.  There is no indication of what evidence they have, but from my own experience, I expect that he made a statement admitting to the relationship.  He is facing prison time, Megan’s law and parole supervision for life.  I don’t think I would have too much of an issue getting prison time off the table.  Keeping him off Megan’s law and PSL requires much more work.  Hopefully he gets a good attorney, but I think he would get a union attorney like most teachers do.

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Firefighter charged with sexual assault

James R. Serfass, a lieutenant with the Upper Black Eddy Fire Company and the son of the station’s chief, was charged with second-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact of a 14 year old girl.  Police were called by the girl’s father about activity that occurred two days prior.  When the officer was at the house taking a report, Serfass showed up to apologize.  He was arrested on the spot.

Based upon the charges, I can make a guess as to what took place.  I am sure he made a statement as he was ready to apologize to the father.  If this case can be handled quickly by a good attorney, Serfass should be able to avoid prison. 

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