Accused perv in deep trouble

Engstrom (courtesy BCPO)

Engstrom (courtesy BCPO)

A newly hired police dispatcher was arrested this morning — before he could leave the house for his first full day of work — on charges of having sex with an underaged girl.

But that’s not the worst of it for Anthony Engstrom of Maywood: Detectives found he’d been trasmitting child porn on his home computer, said Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli.

Engstrom had sex with the girl, who is now 15, a couple of times last year while he was an assistant basketball coach with a local youth athletic league, Molinelli said. She wasn’t on the team, he noted.

Detectives investigating the case turned up the kiddie porn, which Molinelli said didn’t include any photos of the girl.

Charges against Engstrom include sexual assault — for what amounts to statutory rape, under New Jersey law, as well as possession and distribution of child pornography. He was being held on $100,000 bail at the Bergen County Jail.



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2 responses to “Accused perv in deep trouble

  1. What kind of jail time is Mr Enstrom looking at?

  2. If he ends up convicted or pleads to a lesser charge, the defendant would serve a custodial sentence in prison, not jail.

    A variety of factors go into determining that sentence, so often when authorities or media say someone “is facing such-and-such amount of time,” it is the maximum if all of the charges originally brought bring convictions (either through a trial by jury, a trial by judge, or a plea by the defendant).

    Among the factors are the type of crime; whether anyone’s ever been in trouble before; and what both sides can work out instead of going to trial.

    Could mean several months in jail; or time in jail plus monitored supervision (ankle bracelet); or straight probation for a long period accompanied by special treatment programs and community service.

    So, right now, no one can say for sure. The first step is determining guilt or innocence. At that point, the sentencing machinations begin.

    I hope I answered your question.

    The Editor
    Borough 6

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