RARITAN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – A Hunterdon County man has been arrested for allegedly recording a female juvenile in a changing room of a retail store in Raritan Township, according to Hunterdon County Prosecutor Renée Robeson.
This investigation stemmed from a report to Raritan Township Police from a juvenile female, that on March 17, an unidentified man, later identified as Ron Rothman, 49, of Ringoes, utilized a cellular phone to record her while she was in the changing room trying on clothing at a retail store in Raritan Township, Robeson said.
A further investigation revealed that Rothman possessed, on his cellular phone, recordings of the reporting juvenile, while she was in the changing room, Robeson said.
Analysis of Rothman’s phone also revealed images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of other children, who have not yet been identified, Robeson said.
On Monday, July 17, at around 8:30 a.m., a court authorized search warrant of Rothman’s residence was executed. The search warrant was executed by members of the Raritan Township Police Department and the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office, with assistance from the Hunterdon County S.W.A.T. Team, and members from the New Jersey State Police’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit and K-9 Unit, Robeson said.
Rothman was then taken into custody without incident. Detectives were able to seize computer hard drives and other computer equipment, Robeson said.
Rothman was arrested and charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree invasion of privacy, fourth-degree invasion of privacy, third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Additional charges are pending the conclusion of the investigation.
Rothman is being held at the Warren County Correctional Center pending his first court appearance which is scheduled for July 18. A motion to detain Rothman has been filed on behalf of the State, Robeson said.
Rothman is being represented by Joshua Altman, Esq.