OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR IGNORING REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT
During the week of Monday, February 22, 2016, Ocean County Prosecutor Megan’s Law Unit Det. John M. Argento, along with assistance from Stafford Township PD Det. Drew G. Smith, opened an investigation into James D. Lynn, 63, of Stafford Township for the third (3rd) degree crime of failure to register pursuant to Megan’s Law. The crime date is alleged to have occurred on or about Monday, February 29, 2016. Registrants are required by New Jersey state law to either register annually or every ninety (90) days with the police department of the municipality in which they reside and when they change addresses, employment and schooling. The investigation revealed that Lynn failed to register properly with the Stafford Township Police Department.
On Monday (3/7), the Honorable Wendel E. Daniels, P.J.Cr. approved the signing of the complaint authorizing the above charges and set bail at $40,000 no 10% as presented by Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Ehsan F. Chowdhry. The third (3rd) degree crime of failure to register carries a maximum potential punishment of five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison with up to a $15,000 fine.
On Friday (3/11), On Friday, March 11, 2016, Lynn was arrested without incident, on the strength of this and other warrants, by the Vineland Police Department in Cumberland County. Lynn was transferred to Stafford Township Police Department for processing and then transferred to the Ocean County Justice Facility in default of the above bail.
Anyone with relevant information should contact Detective John M. Argento at (732) 929-2027 Ext. 2903. 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 the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty or found guilty in a court of law.
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