Brick Realtor Who Attempted to Hire Teenage Prostitute Accepted for Pre-Trial Intervention

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A Brick Township-based real estate broker was arrested on September 28, 204 after he set up a meeting to have sex with a 14-year-old girl who turned out to be an undercover police officer, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Richard J. Jones, 66, of Brick, was arrested in 2014 following a joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Bureau and investigators from the Asbury Park, Englishtown and Wall Township police departments. Jones was charged with second degree Attempted Sexual Assault.

Police said Jones attempted to use a local prostitute to facilitate a sexual liaison with an under-aged girl.

Jones was the owner and real estate broker of Century 21 Herbertsville Real Estate Company, Inc., on Herbertsville Road in Brick.

It was confirmed by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office this week that Jones was admitted into a pre-trial intervention program in lieu of those charges.

According to the New Jersey Department of Justice, “Thee Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI) provides defendants, generally first-time offenders, with opportunities for alternatives to the traditional criminal justice process of ordinary prosecution. PTI seeks to render early rehabilitative services, when such services can reasonably be expected to deter future criminal behavior. The PTI program is based on a rehabilitative model that recognizes that there may be an apparent causal connection between the offense charged and the rehabilitative needs of a defendant. Further, the rehabilitative model emphasizes that social, cultural, and economic conditions often result in a defendant’s decision to commit crime.”

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Prosecutors said Jones was arrested after attempting to use a local prostitute to facilitate a meeting to have sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl. Jones arrived at an agreed upon location where he was met by police, after pre-arranging to meet with the 14-year-old girl, who was really an undercover police officer.