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Jersey City Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Explicit Contact on Two Underage Girls

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Jersey City

Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck announced that an officer of the Jersey City Police Department pleaded guilty today to a charge that he traveled to Atlantic City, in order to sexually assault two underage girls. 

Officials said the defendant had communicated using a chat app with other adults who indicated they would provide him with access to children he could sexually assault. 

The officer was suspended by the department following his arrest on February 26, 2021.

Officials said Stephen T. Wilson, 34, of Bayonne, pleaded guilty today to an accusation charging him with one count of second-degree Attempted Aggravated Sexual Assault before Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury Jr. in Atlantic County.  

Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Wilson be sentenced to eight years in state prison. He will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and will be subject to parole supervision for life. Sentencing for Wilson is scheduled for October 21, 2021.

Wilson was arrested after he traveled to Atlantic City to meet adults who offered him access to underage girls. 

Wilson had encountered the other adults through an incest chat group, and they offered him access to two girls, ages 10 and 8, to sexually assault in exchange for $200. He had condoms and more than $500 in cash in his possession when he was arrested.

“Predators like Wilson will go to great lengths to sexually exploit children, but law enforcement will go farther to bring them to justice,” said Acting Attorney General Bruck. 

“Let this sentence serve as a warning to anyone who believes they can exploit or prey on innocent children. We will continue to work with our partners to aggressively investigate and prosecute child predators."

“This guilty plea reflects our commitment to protect children and bring offenders like Wilson to justice,” said Director Lyndsay Ruotolo of the Division of Criminal Justice. 

“We will continue partnering with law enforcement at all levels in order to expand our reach and capture those who seek to sexually abuse and exploit children.”

“Child predators like Wilson are not only using more sophisticated technologies, but they are networking with other abusers in order to find their next victim,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.  

“The New Jersey State Police and our partners will continue to work together to ensure that child predators and those who assist them are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Acting Attorney General Bruck thanked all of those who investigated and prosecuted the case for the New Jersey State Police, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, and the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) Financial & Cyber Crimes Bureau.

Deputy Attorney General Rachael Weeks prosecuted the case under the supervision of Deputy Bureau Chief Lilianne Daniel, and Bureau Chief Jillian Carpenter.