Manalapan resident Jennifer Mahoney had an initial appearance and a bail reduction hearing at the Monmouth County Courthouse today. Mahoney, 32, was arrested on December 13, 2011 and for allegedly masturbating in front of a 5-year-old child on multiple occassions throughout 2011. She has been remanded at Monmouth County Correctional Institute on $250,000 bail.
Two additional charges of child endangerment and a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a minor were brought against Mahoney yesterday by the .
"As a result of the further investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Manalapan Township Police Department, forensic examination of computers, additional charges were brought against the suspect, Jennifer Mahoney," Captain Chris Marsala of the Manalapan Police Department said regarding the new charges.
According to an arrest warrant issued by the Manalapan Police Department, Mahoney allegedly committed an act of sexual penetration on the 5-year-old child and video taped the child engaged in the proscribed sexual act. This offense occured on, or about, January 1, 2011, according to the warrant.
Additionally, Mahoney knowingly gave or provided the video which exhibited the child engaged in the sexual act, which is in violation of endangering the welfare of a child (pornography).
Judge John G. Colannino added an additional $250,000 bail with no 10 percent bond. Mahoney's bail reduction hearing, an attempt to lower the $250,000 bail amount she is in default of from her first arrest, was also heard today. Colannino did not lower the initial bail amount, and with the new charges and new bail set, Mahoney is remanded at MCCI in default of $500,000 bail with no 10 percent bond, according to Monmouth Vicinage Nicole French.
On the day Mahoney was arrested in mid-December, FBI agents were observed going in and out of 8 Becket Rd. in Manalapan, which is listed as Mahoney's current address, according to the warrant. Special Agent Bryan Travers, the media coordinator for the Newark Division of the FBI, confirmed that agents were executing a search warrant at a residence on Becket Rd.