MORRIS COUNTY MAN HIT WITH NEW CHARGES BY ACPO

Authorities charged a Morris County accountant who is already facing second-degree luring and third-degree attempted endangering charges stemming from a Feb. 3 arrest, with another complaint alleging third-degree endangering, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel announced.

Stephen V. Bubniak, 56, of Florham Park, was arrested in Mays Landing last week and charged with crimes involving his alleged attempt to meet a 14-year-old girl for a sexual encounter; he was met by Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office detectives and a detective from Hamilton Township instead. An investigation revealed that Bubniak was soliciting the “14-year-old girl” who was actually an ACPO Detective, in an Internet chat room a couple of weeks ago before arranging the sexual meeting, Prosecutor Housel said.

On Monday Computer Crimes Unit Detectives served Bubniak at the Atlantic County Justice Facility with a warrant for the new charge. It is alleged that on Jan. 30, 2011, Bubniak met the same Detective now posing as a 13-year-old girl in an Internet chat room and engaged in a sexually explicit conversation in which he suggested meeting for a sexual encounter.

Superior Court Judge Charles Middlesworth set a blanket bail, which includes all three charges at $250,000 full cash. Bubniak remains in the Atlantic County Justice Facility in lieu of bail.

A second-degree crime carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a $150,000 fine. A third-degree crime carries a prison sentence of up to five years and $15,000 in fines.

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