Eatontown man indicted for videotaping violent sexual assaults of unconscious women
An Eatontown man who previously worked as a Middlesex County Sheriff's Officer has been handed a 20-count indictment by a Monmouth County grand jury after he videotaped violent sexual assaults of multiple unconscious women over the course of three years, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced on Monday.
Joshua Padilla, 36, was arrested in February of 2019 by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Bureau in response to an investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office.
Following his indictment, Padilla is charged with 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.
Padilla is actually facing criminal charges in three different jurisdictions including in PA as the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced in July 2019 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 plead guilty to unlawful sexual contact with a minor and admitted 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.
His other heinous activity was uncovered through an in-depth investigation that resulted in Padilla being found in possession of a number of videos of himself "performing sexual acts upon women who were clearly unconscious and unresponsive."
Padilla was also found to be in possession of child sexual abuse materials.
Acting Prosecutor Linskey said that many of these crimes took place at Padilla's home in Eatontown, with others occurring in Middlesex County.
While they have a plethora of evidence indicting Padilla for his sexual assaults and the three victims in attacks that took place between 2016 and 2018, investigators are looking for additional information about what he's done.
If you have any information, contact Detective Brian Hammarstrom of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-431-7160, extension 6413.
“These were truly unspeakable crimes against utterly helpless victims,” Acting Prosecutor Linskey said in a statement. “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 and tell us what they know.”
If convicted on the charges filed in Monmouth County Superior Court, Padilla faces up to 20 years in state prison on each count of Aggravated Sexual Assault, up to five years on each count of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, up to five years for each count of Invasion of Privacy, and up to 10 years for Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
He would be subject to Parole Supervision for Life and would be required to register under Megan’s Law.
Padilla remains incarcerated in federal prison in Pennsylvania, and is no longer employed by the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office.
This case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Zanzuccki.