UNION COUNTY – Less than a week after a Union County grand jury indicted a Hunterdon County man on charges relating to an improper relationship with a 14-year-old girl, Jesse Goodman reached a plea bargain with authorities, officials said Tuesday.
Early Tuesday, Goodman pleaded guilty to one count of second degree sexual assault and one count of fourth degree criminal sexual contact. He faces up to eight years in jail when he is sentenced on Nov. 4 by Union County Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim.
Goodman, 30, was arrested in March following an investigation by The Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the Summit Police Department, said Assistant Prosecutor David Hummel, who handled the case.
In September 2008, Goodman, a registered sex offender, allegedly met a 14-year-old girl on a social networking website aimed at teenagers, said Hummel.
Soon after the relationship turned physical, with Goodman traveling to Union County on multiple occasions to engage in sex acts with the victim. 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 Hummel.
Police were notified after the victim told a parent about the relationship, said Hummel. An investigation was immediately launched.
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.
Goodman is currently being held at the Hunterdon County Jail.
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