Now that an Essex County grand jury decided not to indict Patricia Krentcil, better known as "Tanning Mom" on child endangerment charges for allegedly allowing her 5-year-old daughter to enter a tanning booth, what’s next for the Nutley resident?
Krentcil told NBCnewyork.com Tuesday she plans on moving to London to pursue “several modeling jobs” before returning to her Nutley home.
Last fall, Krentcil told the panel of the CBS show “The Couch” she would give up tanning, but has since decided to go back on that promise and begin tanning again.
The case started in April 17, 2012 when school officials noticed burns on the young girl’s leg and reported the injuries to authorities. Following an investigation, Krentcil was arrested on April 24, 2012. Under New Jersey law, children under 14-years-old are banned from using tanning salons.
The relatively outlandish nature of the charges drew national media attention and turned Krentcil into a tabloid sensation and a celebrity of sorts; her appearance at a New York nightclub last summer drew attention and derision from gossip news outlets like Gawker. But despite the outcry and mockery that ensued across America from the incident, the jury hearing the case voted to not indict Krentcil.
“We presented all the available evidence in the case to the grand jury, both the state’s evidence and the defense’s evidence. The grand jurors voted not to indict Mrs. Krentcil. We respect their decision,’’ said Assistant Prosecutor Gina Iosim, who presented the case to the grand jury.
If she had been convicted, she could have been jailed for up to a maximum of five years.
Patch previously reported that Nutley Police Chief John Holland said Nutley Police arrested Krentcil for endangering the welfare of her five-year-old daughter at 10:45 a.m. on April 23. Her daughter was believed to have been burned at a tanning booth at an unspecified Nutley location, according to Holland.
Both Krentcil and her attorney John V. Caruso have denied the accusations in published reports.
The owners of the City Tropics Tanning Salon on Centre Street in Nutley have said the child never used a tanning bed, according to published reports.
Holland said that children under 14 are not allowed to tan at indoor salons, while those 14 to 17 years old may do so with signed parental consent in New Jersey.
Krentcil has been free on $25,000 bail throughout the process. She was required to post 10 percent of the bond. The daughter has remained in the custody of her parents as the case was seen by the grand jury.