The owner and broker of Century 21 Herbertsville Real Estate is facing sex charges in Monmouth County after authorities say he tried, through a prostitute, to arrange a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl who turned out to be an undercover detective.
Richard J. Jones, 66, of Brick, was arrested Friday afternoon following a joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Bureau and investigators from the Asbury Park, Englishtown and Wall Township police departments. Jones is charged with second degree attempted sexual assault and is being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, on $125,000 cash bail set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen.
Kilgallen also ordered Jones to have no contact with the local prostitute he tried to persuade to facilitate the sexual liaison with an under-aged girl.
According to a statement from the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office, Jones was arrested after attempting to use a local prostitute to facilitate a meeting to have sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl. Jones, authorities say, arrived at an agreed upon location where he was met by police, after pre-arranging to meet with the 14-year-old girl, who was really an undercover police officer.
If convicted, Jones faces 10 years in prison and the obligation to register as a sex offender.