The penalties for convictions on
sex offenses are typically severe, as the case of a former volunteer firefighter in
Mahwah and Ramsey makes clear. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison
after his conviction two years ago.
The 36-year-old is serving his sentence at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment
Center in Avenel, but was in Superior Court in Hackensack on Monday to
face charges that he's violating a protective order by making phone
calls from prison to a woman and her 8-year-old daughter.
The man pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment
back in 2009 after being accused of having sex with a girl for three years,
from the time she was 12 years old until after she had turned 15.
He was accused of sexually abusing another underage girl as well.
The former Ramsey Department of Public Works employee is now accused of
violating a protective order preventing him from contacting his fiancée
and her daughter while he's in prison.
The order was apparently sought by the woman's former husband and father
of the girl.
The former husband showed the court phone records indicating the man had
made more than 600 calls to his former wife's home between May of
last year and March of this year.
A Department of Corrections spokesperson said the agency has now blocked
the phone number from the man's call list.
The prisoner reportedly said very little during the court hearing. He's
scheduled to return for another hearing on August 20.
Source: NorthJersey.com, "Ex-Ramsey, Mahwah firefighter serving time for
child sex back in court," Chris Harris, July 16, 2012