Prosecutor: Former Seriff’s Officer Indicted on Sex Assault Charges

A Monmouth County grand jury has returned a 20-count indictment against a former Middlesex County sheriff’s officer charged with videotaping violent sexual assaults of multiple unconscious women over the span of three years, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Monday.

Joshua Padilla, 36, of Eatontown, was indicted on Friday on the charges of: eight counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, seven counts of third-degree invasion of privacy, four counts of third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

“These were truly unspeakable crimes against utterly helpless victims,” Acting Prosecutor Linskey said. “We are encouraged by the progress made so far in shepherding this case through the criminal justice system, but troubled by the prospects of other victims being out there who have yet to come forward — and who may not even have known they were victimized. We urge anyone with any information about the activities of this defendant to step forward <br>and tell us what they know.”

The case background …

In February 2019, members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Bureau arrested Padilla, a resident of Berkeley Place in Eatontown, in connection with an investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office that revealed that Padilla was in possession of numerous videos of himself performing sexual acts upon women who were clearly unconscious and unresponsive. He was also found to be in possession of child sexual abuse materials.

Many of these crimes took place at the defendant’s home in Eatontown, with others occurring in Middlesex County.

The investigation into Padilla has as of yet resulted in criminal charges in three different jurisdictions. In July 2019, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced that it was indicting him for producing, distributing, and being in possession of child sexual abuse materials after he allegedly recorded himself engaging in unlawful sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl in Pennsylvania and later uploaded the video online. In March 2021, Padilla pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact with a minor in relation to the aforementioned investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, admitting to attempting to meet with an undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old girl and digitally sharing with her sexually graphic images of himself.

Anyone with information about any other activity of Padilla’s is asked to contact Detective Brian Hammarstrom of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-431-7160, Ext. 6413. Anyone who wishes to make an anonymous report about this case can call the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers’ confidential tip line at 1-800-671-4400. Tipsters can also text “MONMOUTH” and their tip to 274637, or email a tip via the website at http://www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com/

Padilla remains incarcerated in federal prison in Pennsylvania, and is no longer employed by the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office.

— Edited press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

John Caroli
BCS Wealth Management