After a pandemic-caused delay, a Belleville man who sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl in 2019 has been sentenced to 35 years in state prison, authorities announced Monday.


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After a pandemic-caused delay, a Belleville man who sexually assaulted a 9-year-old woman in 2019 has been sentenced to 35 years in state jail, authorities introduced Monday.

BELLEVILLE, NJ — After a pandemic-caused delay, a Belleville man who sexually assaulted a 9-year-old woman in 2019 has been sentenced to 35 years in state jail, authorities introduced Monday.

Jose Santana, 60, of Belleville, was sentenced to 35 years in New Jersey state jail final week, in keeping with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Workplace. Below the No Early Launch Act, he should serve 85 p.c of his sentence earlier than he will probably be eligible for parole.

A jury convicted Santana of three counts of aggravated sexual assault, two counts of sexual assault, one rely of possession of kid pornography and one rely of endangering the welfare of a kid in November 2019.

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Nonetheless, sentencing was delayed till Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic, prosecutors stated.

Santana has been incarcerated whereas awaiting sentencing.

Based on prosecutors, the assaults occurred on a number of events whereas the woman was visiting Santana and his spouse at their Belleville residence. Along with sexually assaulting the sufferer, Santana pressured her to observe youngster pornography whereas the sexual assaults occurred.

When officers executed a search warrant on the defendant’s dwelling, they found youngster pornography on his laptop, prosecutors stated.

Appearing Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II credited the prosecutor’s workplace particular victims unit and forensic investigation unit, Wynona’s Home and the Belleville Police Division for bringing the case to a “profitable conclusion.”

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