IGNORING MEGAN’S LAW REGISTRATION ENDS IN ARREST
On Monday July 27, 2015 the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Megan’s Law Unit opened an investigation at the direction of Det. Sgt. Michael V. Cecchini into Robert Hudson, 37, of Jackson, NJ for the third (3rd) degree crime of Failure to Register his move from Seaside Heights, NJ on or about Thursday April 23, 2015.
Registrants are required by New Jersey State law to notify the incoming and outgoing police departments of their intention to change their address. The investigation revealed that Hudson changed his address to Jackson without registering out of the Seaside Heights Police Department nor into the Jackson Township Police Department. An arrest warrant was reviewed by Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Ehsan F. Chowdhry. The Honorable Wendel E. Daniels, P.J.Cr. of the Ocean County Superior Court approved signing of the complaint authorizing the above charge and setting bail at $15,000 no 10%.
Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Detectives Adam J. Hess and John M. Argento swiftly located and arrested Robert Hudson in Jackson Township during the morning hours of Wednesday July 29, 2015. He was arrested without incident for the third (3rd) degree crime of failure to register pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:7-1 through 2C:7-23. These statutes were passed on Monday October 31, 1994 by the New Jersey Legislature and were interchangeably referred to as Megan’s Law and / or Registration and Community Notification Laws. Ordinarily, the maximum potential punishment on this third (3rd) degree crime is 5 years in New Jersey State Prison with up to a $15,000 fine.
Hudson was processed at the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, taken to the Ocean County Justice Facility and remanded to their custody pending posting bail and / or presentment to an Ocean County Grand Jury. The matter will be turned over for prosecution by Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Ehsan F. Chowdhry.
Anyone with relevant information regarding this case or others violating Megan’s Law requirements should contact Detective Adam J. Hess at (732) 929 2027 ext 2597. The information may be given anonymously. At this time there is no information on whether the defendant has an attorney. This charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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