NEW BRUNSWICK—A Perth Amboy man was found guilty of charges of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl on a number of occasions between September 2007 and January 2008, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced earlier this month.
William Liik, 29, of Perth Amboy, was convicted of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of the child.
A jury of eight men and four women deliberated about seven hours over two days before finding the defendant guilty on Aug. 3.
Liik, who worked as an electrician’s apprentice, faces 10 to 20 years in a New Jersey state prison when he is sentenced Nov. 2, by Superior Court Judge Lorraine Pullen at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.
Under the law, Liik will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he can become eligible for parole. In addition, he will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.
During a trial that began on July 27, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Lynn Pilone presented evidence and testimony showing Liik sexually assaulted the girl in Perth Amboy on numerous occasions.
Liik was arrested and charged following an investigation by Detective Kevin Savoia, of the Perth Amboy Police Department, and Investigator Andreea Capraru, of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The investigation began after a clergyman learned of the sexual assaults and contacted authorities.
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