A Jersey City NJ music teacher was recently found guilty on aggravated sexual assault charges for sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl.
The victim, who is now 11 years old, was a student of the suspect at the 676 School of Violin and Fine Arts. The 63-year-old suspect taught music classes out of his home on 676 Bergen Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey.
The victim attended the suspect’s school and took piano lessons for two years. During that time, the suspect sexually assaulted her on several occasions.
The victim testified in court that the suspect threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone about the sexual abuse.
The suspect is now subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(a), aggravated sexual assault is a first degree crime. The suspect now faces a possible sentence of 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
One factor in the suspect’s sentence could be his prior criminal record. According to officials, the suspect was previously convicted of endangering the welfare of a child and received a sentence of 18 months in NJ State Prison.
After being convicted on the most recent sexual assault charges, the suspect was taken to the Hudson County Jail in Kearny, NJ. Since the suspect’s bail has been revoked, he will be held at the jail until formal sentencing on December 18 in Hudson County Superior Court.
For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Jersey City Music Teacher Guilty of Aggravated Sexual Assault on 8-Year-Old Student.”