A 39-year-old Mays Landing man pled guilty Thursday, August 18, 2022, to charges of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.
Christian R. Navarette of Mays Landing pled guilty to one count of Aggravated Sexual Assault, a crime of the first-degree, one amended count of Sexual Assault, a crime of the second degree, and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child by Filming a Prohibited Sexual Act, a crime of the first-degree.
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The plea calls for an aggregate sentence of 25 years in New Jersey State Prison with the defendant having to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole pursuant to the No Early Release Act.
Additionally, Navarette will be subject to Megan’s Law, Parole Supervision for Life, an Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center Sexual Offender Evaluation, and no contact with the victim.
Navarette admitted that on or about between the dates of July 18, 2017 and December 15, 2019, in his home in Hamilton Township, he committed numerous acts of sexual penetration on the victim. Defendant further admitted that he filmed the victim while engaged in those acts and he stored the videos on his personal cell phone.
On December 19, 2019, Detectives from Hamilton Township Police Department with the assistance of the Special Victim’s Unit (SVU) of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office were notified that there was a report to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) regarding a sexual assault against a juvenile.
Once an interview of the victim was conducted and pursuant to an ongoing investigation, the High Technology Crimes Investigation Unit of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office was able to obtain and forensically analyze defendant’s cell phone and observed that Navarette had over 80 videos where he filmed the victim engaged in sexual acts with him.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Erika Halayko represents the State in this matter.
The sentencing, pending the defendant’s evaluation, is scheduled for October 3, 2022 before the Honorable Donna M. Taylor, J.S.C.
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