A convicted sex offender from Hazlet is charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year old girl over the course of several months and taking pictures in at least one occasion.

51-year old Michael Gwiazdowski is already under community supervision for life from a prior sexual assault conviction.

Gwiazdowski is facing charges of two counts of second degree Sexual Assault, one count of fourth degree Violating Community Supervision for Life, one count of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child by engaging in sexual conduct, one count of first degree Causing or Permitting a Child to Engage in Child Pornography, and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

He's being detained at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution at the request of the Prosecutor's Office following the pending charges for the incident allegedly committed by Gwiazdowski until his court appearance and detention hearing on Wednesday.

If convicted of first degree Causing or Permitting a Child to Engage in Child Pornography, he faces a sentence of up to 20 years in State Prison.

If convicted of second degree Sexual Assault, he faces a sentence of five to 10 years in prison.

If convicted of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child by Engaging in Sexual Conduct, he faces a sentence of three to five years in prison.

If convicted of fourth degree violating community supervision for life, he faces up to 18 month in prison.

Police are also looking to gather additional facts about Gwiazdowski's activities and any other possible victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact either Detective Michael Tristao of the Hazlet Township Police Department at 732-264-6565 ext. 125 or Detective Michael Acquaviva of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office at 732-431-7160 ext. 2233.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

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