SEX OFFENDER SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN JAIL

Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel
Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel

A married 71-year-old Somerset County man was sentenced to three years in a treatment facility for sex offenders for engaging in sexually explicit conversations and sending sexually explicit webcam videos of himself to an Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office detective posing as a 14-year-old girl, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel announced.
Albert Rega entered a guilty plea in November to second-degree attempted sexual assault, third-degree attempted endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree attempted criminal sexual contact in exchange for a sentence recommendation in the third-degree range, according to Assistant Prosecutor Janet Gravitz who represented the state.
Rega had several conversations with the “girl” online between Jan. 5, 2010 and March 1, 2010 about sexual acts he wanted to do with her. On one occasion he sent the “girl” a card with money in it for her to buy a phone. He also instructed the “girl” on specific sexual acts, Assistant Prosecutor Gravitz said.
Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit Detectives arrested Rega at the Prosecutor’s Office on March 4, 2010. An Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Rega in May of 2010.
Prior to Superior Court Judge Max Baker sentencing Rega to the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Avenel for repetitive and compulsive sex offenders, the defendant apologized to his wife and children for his actions.
“It is convenient for the defendant to show remorse after being caught and in the face of serving a prison sentence,” Assistant Prosecutor Gravitz said. “It is unfortunate for his family but the state has a duty to protect children from online predators.”

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