A Brick Township man who is a noted real estate agent was admitted into a diversionary program in lieu of charges of attempted sexual assault of a juvenile older than 13 but younger than 16.
Richard Jones, the owner and broker of Century 21 Herbertsville Real Estate, was charged with arranging, through a prostitute, a meetup with a teenage girl for sex. He was indicted, in Janruary 2015, with attempted sexual assault of a juvenile older than 13 but younger than 16.
Jones was accepted into Pre-Trial Intervention, a diversionary program under which a defendant in a criminal case is effectively sentenced to probation under the assumption that the charges will ultimately be dropped. Jones’ admission into the pre-trial intervention program was confirmed by Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Charles Webster.
Jones was arrested Sept. 26, 2014 in Asbury Park after attempting to use a local prostitute to facilitate a meeting to have sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl, authorities said at the time. Jones, officials said, 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 actually an undercover police officer.