William McMahon, 64 of Keansburg, was arrested by investigators of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Department Homeland Security on Friday, August 3 and charged with one count each of second degree Attempted Sexual Assault, second degree Luring or Enticing Child, third degree Attempted Endangering the Welfare of a Child, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
McMahon’s arrest was the result of an undercover investigation conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit and Monmouth County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force that commenced in late July. An undercover detective, posing as a 14-year old boy, responded to an-online posting by McMahon seeking to have a “sleep over” with the child. During the course of further on-line discussions, McMahon made clear his interest in having sex with the juvenile.
McMahon traveled from his home in Keansburg to an indoor entertainment center in Freehold Township, where he believed he would meet the 14-year old boy to further his plan to sexually assault the minor. McMahon was found outside the venue and subsequently arrested by officers from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and U.S. Bureau of Homeland Security.
If convicted of second degree Attempted Sexual Assault and Luring charges, McMahon faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in New Jersey state prison, Megan’s Law, and parole supervision for life. If convicted of the third degree Endangering charge, McMahon will face a maximum sentence of five years in state prison.
McMahon is in the custody the Monmouth County Correctional Institution. He is scheduled to have a detention hearing on August 9 in front of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge James J. McGann at 9 am.
Chris Swendeman, public information officer for the Prosecutor, refused to release a photo of McMahon and said the Office is not looking for additional victims.