Hunterdon County Man Accused Of Having Sexual Relationship With 14-Year-Old

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Jesse Goodman (Union County Prosecutor's Office)

ELIZABETH— A Union County Grand Jury indicted a 30-year-old Hunterdon County man on Friday, after an investigation revealed that he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old female, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Jesse Goodman, 30, of Annandale was arrested in March following an investigation by The Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the Summit Police Department. At the time, a court ordered search warrant was executed at his residence and police seized a number of items, including a number of computers.

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In September 2008, Goodman, a registered sex offender, allegedly met a 14-year-old girl on a social networking website aimed at teenagers, said Romankow.

Soon after the relationship turned physical, with Goodman traveling to Union County on multiple occasions to engage in sex acts with the victim, authorities allege. He also drove the victim to his home in Hunterdon County and to his father’s business in Sterling where the two engaged in additional sex acts, according to Romankow.

Police were notified after the victim told a parent about the relationship, said Romankow. An investigation was immediately launched.

The Grand Jury indicted Goodman on two counts of second degree sexual assault, one count of second degree luring, two counts of third degree endangering the welfare of a minor, one count of third degree promoting obscene material and one count of fourth degree criminal sexual contact.

In October 2004 Goodman was convicted in Middlesex County on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child and under Megan’s Law was required to register as a sex offender.

Union County Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim set Goodman’s bail at $400,000.


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