Celebrity Summit Passenger Hoboken NJ Child Voyeurism Arrest – On Sunday, July 8, 2018, a thirteen-year old girl was standing on the deck of Celebrity Cruises ship Celebrity Summit, facing outward toward the water.
Jeffrey Goldstein allegedly approached the victim and, without her permission, placed his iPhone underneath the skirt of her dress, pointed the camera upward towards the victim’s genitalia and buttocks and took a picture. The victim felt something touch her leg. Goldstein moved to the side of the victim and soon walked away.
Jeffrey Goldstein, 31, from Hoboken, New Jersey was arrested on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 and charged with one count of violating a federal voyeurism statute 18 U.S.C. §1801 that prohibits photographing a minor’s private area without consent when that individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
A nearby adult saw Goldstein take a photo up the victim’s dress. Cruise ship personnel reviewed surveillance footage of the incident, which confirmed the witness’s account and identified Goldstein as the man in the footage.
The FBI later downloaded the contents of Goldstein’s iPhone and found the photo of the girl, along with more than forty “up-skirt” images.
Goldstein appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson in Newark federal court and was released on $25,000 unsecured bond. Goldstein faces a maximum potential penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
On July 8, 2018, Celebrity Summit left Bayonne, New Jersey for Bermuda at 1600 hours for a seven-night cruise to Bermuda. Summit was in Bermuda at King’s Wharf all day Wednesday and Thursday, departing at 1530 Hours on Friday. After a day and half at sea, Celebrity Summit returned to Bayonne on Sunday, July 15.
Goldstein, if convicted of a sex crime under 18 U.S.C. §1801 – the Video Voyeurism Prevention Act of 2004, he will NOT register for the United States Department of Justice National Sex Offender Registry.
National Sex Offender Registry Requirements
- A. New Jersey Offenses
While New Jersey captures most of the offenses Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) requires in its state registration scheme, Video Voyeurism of a Minor and Possession of Child Pornography are not registerable offenses in the state.
- B. Federal Offenses
In New Jersey, registration is required for any offender if the offense committed in another jurisdiction, including federal, is substantially equivalent to a New Jersey registerable offense. However, while this scheme will include many of the federal offenses requiring registration, New Jersey does not require registration for the following federal offenses:
• 18 U.S.C. §1801 (Video Voyeurism of a Minor)
• 18 U.S.C. §2245 (Offenses Resulting in Death)
• 18 U.S.C. §2252 (Possession of Child Pornography)
• 18 U.S.C. §2252B (Misleading Domain Names on the Internet)
• 18 U.S.C. §2252C (Misleading Words or Digital Images on the Internet)
• 18 U.S.C. §2260 (Production of Sexually Explicit Depictions of a Minor for Import in
to the United States)
• 18 U.S.C. §2424 (Failure to File Factual Statement about an Alien Individual