NEW BRUNSWICK — A 51-year-old man has been convicted for sexually assaulting two young girls on numerous occasions during separate incidents while he lived in the Somerset section of Franklin Township and North Brunswick, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today.
A jury sitting in New Brunswick deliberated less than an hour on May 24 before finding Joseph Gordon, 51, guilty of 12 counts of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of each child.
He will be sentenced to up to 40 years in a New Jersey state prison when is scheduled to appear on Sept. 12 before Superior Court Judge Joseph Paone at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.
During the trial that began on May 19, Middlesex County Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Christie L. Bevacqua argued that Gordon repeatedly sexually assaulted the girls in his home in Somerset, and later, in North Brunswick after moving to the township.
Bevacqua told the jury that one girl was repeatedly assaulted from 1996 until June 2000, when she was 12 to 16 years old. The other girl was repeatedly assaulted from June 1999 to June 2000 while she was 12 and 13, Bevacqua said.
Police began an investigation after the girls told their mother of the sexual assaults.
Gordon fled and remained a fugitive until police found him and arrested him on Nov. 22, 2006, in East Orange.
During the investigation into the assaults, police learned from a minister that Gordon admitted the crimes to him, but the case was tried without that testimony, after the state Supreme Court ruled it was a privileged conversation and could not be presented to a jury.
Gordon remains in custody at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick to await sentencing.
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