Man Charged with Luring Child with Sleepover to Have Sex in Online Exchange

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FREEHOLD-A Keansburg man has been arrested and charged with attempted sexual assault, luring and endangering the welfare of a child, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

William McMahon, 64, of Keansburg, is charged with one count each of second degree Attempted Sexual Assault, second degree Luring or Enticing Child, third degree Attempted Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

McMahon was arrested as a result of an undercover investigation conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit and Monmouth County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force that commenced in late July. An undercover detective, posing as a 14-year old boy, responded to an-online posting by McMahon seeking to have a “sleep over” with the child.  During the course of further on-line discussions, McMahon made clear his interest in having sex with the juvenile.

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On August 3rd, McMahon traveled from his home in Keansburg to an indoor entertainment center in Freehold Township, where he believed he would meet the 14-year old boy to further his plan to sexually assault the minor. McMahon was found outside the venue and subsequently arrested by officers from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and U.S. Bureau of Homeland Security.

If convicted of second degree Attempted Sexual Assault and Luring charges, McMahon faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in New Jersey state prison, Megan’s Law, and parole supervision for life. If convicted of the third degree Endangering charge, McMahon will face a maximum sentence of five years in state prison.

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McMahon remains incarcerated in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution since his arrest. He is scheduled to have a detention hearing on August 9 in front of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge James J. McGann at 9 am.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Martha Nye.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

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