Joshua Padilla 37 also sent photos of his genitals in an attempt

A former New Jersey deputy sheriff was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in federal prison after he recorded himself having sex with a 17-year-old girl in Pennsylvania and shared the video on the internet, authorities said.

Joshua Padilla 37 also sent photos of his genitals in an attempt to arrange to have sex with a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl, prosecutors said. But, the girl was really an agent for the Pennsylvania Attorney General.


He is also accused of having sex with three unconscious women in a separate case in Monmouth County, N.J., officials said.

Padilla, a New Jersey resident who lives in Eatontown, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for his offenses against the 17-year-old victim he had sex with and videotaped in Upper Mount Bethel Township, Pennsylvania, officials said. That’s the mandatory minimum sentence under federal law.

The sentence will run concurrent with his 5- to 10-year Pennsylvania state prison sentence for his attempt to lure a 14-year-old girl into having sex, prosecutors said.

“It is difficult to understand how an adult, not to mention a sworn law enforcement officer, could inflict that type of damage to (the 17-year-old),” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Josh Davison in his sentencing memorandum.

Defense attorney John J. McMahon Jr. of Philadelphia said in his memorandum that the 15-year sentence is appropriate. He noted Padilla is an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran who was not convicted of any other crimes when he was arrested.

Padilla worked in New Jersey as a Middlesex County sheriff’s deputy until his arrest in February 2019, McMahon said.

Records show Padilla met the 17-year-old online in the spring of 2018. He picked her up, drove her to Upper Mount Bethel Township and had sex with her in his car.

Video he shot with his cell phone got more than 200 views on social media, Davison said in his memo.

“His victimization of (the 17-year-old) reflects his true character as a predator who has a complete disregard for the law and crime victims,” Davison wrote.

While authorities investigated those allegations in 2019, the state agent posing as a 14-year-old reached out to Padilla over social media and through text messages. Padilla sent the photos of his genitals, said he wanted to meet the girl and asked for photos.

It’s not clear from court documents whether a conviction in the separate case in Monmouth County involving allegations he had sex with unconscious women could tack on more years to Padilla’s 15-year federal prison sentence.

After Padilla was arrested, authorities found videos on Padilla’s electronic devices of him sexually abusing women “who were clearly unconscious and unresponsive,” according to the Monmouth County prosecutor’s office.

Many of the assaults took place at Padilla’s Monmouth County home or in Middlesex County, authorities said.

“These were truly unspeakable crimes against utterly helpless victims,” Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey said in September 2021.

The Monmouth County charges stem from three different women and attacks from 2016 into 2018, according to the prosecutor’s office. Padilla was also found to have materials showing child sexual abuse, authorities said.

The status of the case remains unchanged since Padilla was indicted in September 2021, according to Monmouth County prosecutor’s spokesman Chris Swendeman.

In Monmouth County, Padilla was indicted on eight counts of aggravated sexual assault, seven counts of invasion of privacy, four counts of aggravated criminal sexual contact and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

In Northampton County, Pennsylvania, he pleaded guilty in March 2021 to disseminating sexual material to a minor, criminal use of a communication facility and two counts of unlawful contact with a minor.

He was sentenced in that case in March 2022 to a 5- to 10-year prison sentence in state prison by Northampton County Judge Anthony Beltrami.

In federal court, Padilla pleaded guilty in December 2021 to production, distribution and possession of child pornography. He was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno.

“His willingness to engage in such deviant conduct with (the 17-year-old) demonstrates that he is a sexual predator who targets the most vulnerable and innocent victims,” Davison wrote.

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