Summit Man Pleads Guilty To Child Luring Charge

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ELIZABETH — A Summit man arrested in January and charged with attempting to lure a Berkeley Heights girl, pleaded guilty on Monday, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Elio Pintado, 37, was arrested on Jan. 7 near a Berkeley Heights elementary school, one day after he tried to lure a 9-year-old girl into his car, according to the investigation. He was later charged with the sexual assault of a 7-year-old in a bathroom stall at a movie theater in West Nyack, N.Y. mall.

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On Monday, Pintado pleaded guilty to second degree luring and third degree theft by deception, said Assistant Prosecutor Scott Peterson, who prosecuted the case. The theft charge comes from a stolen checkbook that Pintado had taken from a family friend and used to cash several checks.

He will be sentenced to three years in prison on Jan. 25, 2011 before Union County Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Perfilio, authorities said. Under the terms of the plea Pintado will be required to register under Megan’s Law and will be placed on parole supervision for life, said Peterson.

Pintado will be extradited to New York state following his sentencing in January.


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