Howell Township Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault of Toddler, Other Charges

On Monday, March 9, 23-year-old Kevin Motyka of Howell Township, NJ pleaded guilty to allegations that he sexually assaulted a 2-year-old boy between May and December of 2012. Motyka pleaded guilty to child endangerment, aggravated sexual assault, and other charges. He also reportedly recorded the sexual assault on the toddler.

In 2014, prosecutors received tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding Motyka’s actions; he was then arrested.

In all, Motyka pleaded guilty on Monday to three counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child by causing or permitting a child to engage in child pornography, manufacturing child pornography, and distributing child pornography. He also pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated sexual assault and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child by engaging in sexual conduct with a child, according to a news article at the Howell Patch. Motyka also allegedly distributed child pornography including images that were of other children and not the toddler he is accused of sexually assaulting.

Motyka is scheduled to be sentenced in Monmouth County Superior Court on June 5, and faces 13 years in state prison under the terms of his plea agreement. He will also be under supervised release when he is freed from prison, and will be required to register as a sex offender. Motyka will serve a minimum of 11 years, two months, and 20 days of his 13 year sentence pursuant to the No Early Release Act.

In the state of New Jersey, aggravated sexual assault is a first-degree crime considered the most serious of all sex crimes; it carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The state of Michigan is extremely harsh on those who are found guilty of sex-related offenses. For instance, a person who is convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a crime which involves penetration, may face up to life in prison. When the offense involves a person younger than 13, the mandatory minimum prison sentence is 25 years.

A conviction for a sex crime can take away your freedom, ruin your reputation, and sabotage your career as well as future employment opportunities. In addition, if you are required to register as a sex offender (and you likely will be) you will be shunned or “looked down upon” by society, and be unable to live anywhere of your choosing. Many people are wrongly accused of crimes they did not commit. Regardless of your situation, consult with a capable and aggressive Michigan sex crime defense attorney.

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