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Teen accused of grabbing woman's buttocks

A teen in New Jersey was charged for criminal sexual contact as a result of an incident that took place on Dec. 19. The teen was charged for the juvenile crime after posted photos of him on their site on Jan. 20. Although a detective working on the case would not offer details about the teen's charge, he did say that publishing surveillance footage aided in the investigation.

According to police, the incident in question took place outside of a ShopRite store. While a 19-year-old woman from Jersey City was walking, the accused teen allegedly approached her and grabbed her buttocks. When the woman screamed, the accused teen reportedly fled the area. On Jan. 20, police publicized surveillance footage that was recorded near the scene and asked for witnesses to come forward with information.

A juvenile who has received charges after an incident like this might argue that they were falsely identified. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help a teen in this situation to prove that the images taken from a surveillance camera are of low quality. An attorney may also help to establish that the incident would be out of character for the accused teen.

The juvenile justice system differs from the criminal justice system in some important ways. However, depending on the nature of their crime, a juvenile can sometimes be charged as an adult even if they are under the age of 18. A teen who is facing criminal charges might want to seek help from a criminal defense attorney in order to help ensure that their case remains in juvenile court.

Source:, "Juvenile arrested for grabbing Jersey City woman's buttocks, police say," Kathryn Brenze, Jan. 21, 2015

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