🚨 Police were called on a report of a man exposing himself

🚨 Suspect had past convictions for lewdness

🚨 Prior crimes involved children

A convicted child sex offender was arrested in the parking lot of the Target store in Manahawkin for exposing himself, according to police.

Stafford Township Police were called to the store on Jan. 17 for a report of a man exposing himself in the parking lot. Investigators were able to identify the suspect as James G. Doll, 48, of Howell.

New Jersey State Police/Megan's Law Registry
New Jersey State Police/Megan's Law Registry

Doll was taken into custody on Jan. 18 on a warrant. In press release, Stafford police said, "Mr. Doll was charged with 4th Degree Lewdness and was subsequently lodged in Ocean County Jail on the above charge."

Google Maps/Townsquare Media illustration
Google Maps/Townsquare Media illustration

What is Fourth Degree Lewdness?

A 4th-degree lewdness charge refers to a suspect who exposes themselves "for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of the actor or of any other person." The charge also indicates the suspect knows or expects, he/she will be seen by a child under 13 years old.

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It could also refer to the exposure in front of someone with a mental disability where they are unable to understand the sexual nature of the act.

Past crimes

The New Jersey State Police Sex Offender Registry lists James Doll as a tier 2 sex offender and categorizes him as "repetitive compulsive" under Megan's Law.

New Jersey Sex Offender Registry/New Jersey State Police
New Jersey Sex Offender Registry/New Jersey State Police

Doll landed on the registry after a conviction in 1995 for lewdness. His database entry states he has a history of performing indecent acts inside vehicles and in the presence of his victims. The specifics of his crime are not detailed.

In 1988, Doll was convicted of endangering the welfare of a child.

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Over the past few years, state lawmakers have taken on the challenge of dealing with accused child predators among the ranks of teachers and educators.

In 2018, the so-called “pass the trash” law went into effect, requiring stricter New Jersey school background checks related to child abuse and sexual misconduct.

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