Court finds New Jersey judge guilty of child pornography
A New Jersey Superior Court judge has been found guilty of sexually abusing three minors, including one who was a minor at the time of his actions, but he has a defense lawyer arguing he was innocent.
The judge’s attorney, Christopher D. Dolan, filed the motion Thursday after the court found the judge guilty in the case of a 14-year-old boy who was 16 when he was sexually abused.
Dolan, who has represented Dolan in the criminal case, said he is seeking an acquittal, and he’s appealing the conviction.
“We are seeking an immediate and full retrial,” Dolan said in a statement.
“The evidence presented in this case shows the defendant is innocent.”
Prosecutors say the abuse began in the summer of 2015, when Dolan was the judge in New Jersey’s District Court for the Northern District of New Jersey.
The case involved two boys, ages 16 and 17, who were in a car in which Dolan sat in the driver’s seat.
They were not wearing seat belts.
The defendants said they were forced to perform oral sex on Dolan.
In court, Dolan’s attorney said that when the victims asked Dolan to stop, he began rubbing their genitals with his finger.
One of the victims said he was 14 when Dankons sexual misconduct began.
Prosecutors said that was the same age as the boys’ victims.
A judge granted Dolan probation and ordered him to complete counseling.
In March 2018, the court granted Dankos motion to dismiss the case on a technicality.
But in June 2018, he was convicted of one count of sexual abuse and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Prosecutors have said the abuse was sexual and he abused the two victims to obtain money from them.
Dankos attorney said he had not spoken to the victims since Dolan resigned from the bench.