Sewaren Man Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Child

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ELIZABETH — A Middlesex County man was convicted yesterday of sexual assault against a minor, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.

Jose Tavera, 39, of Sewaren, was found guilty following a trial in Union County Superior Court, said Assistant Prosecutor Melissa A. Spagnoli who prosecuted the case. Tavera was convicted of second degree sexual assault, second degree attempted sexual assault and third degree endangering the welfare of a child.

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An investigation determined that Tavera assaulted the child of his girlfriend while the mother was at work. The assaults occurred between September 2007 and September 2009, said Spagnoli. The abuse was reported by the victim shortly after the mother and Tavera ended their relationship. The abuse took place in Union County when the victim was less than 13-years-old, according to Spagnoli.

Following the verdict, Tavera was remanded to the Union County Jail and faces up to 25 years in prison when sentenced on May 20 before Union County Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Perfilio.


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