Plainfield Man Found Guilty Of Violent Sexual Assault

Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park

Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park

ELIZABETH — A Plainfield man has been convicted of numerous charges in connection with a violent sexual assault that took place in 2011, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.

Edwin Chimilio-Calletano, 32, of East Front Street in Plainfield was found guilty of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, two weapons offenses, and a pair of other charges following a three-week trial and nearly three days of jury deliberation.

On Aug. 22, 2011, the 22-year-old female victim in the case was walking down South Avenue in Plainfield after leaving her job at a neighborhood bar when Chimilio-Calletano grabbed her from behind and started assaulting her with a socket wrench, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor David Hummel, who prosecuted the case. The woman, who did not know her attacker, then was dragged behind an auto body shop, beaten further, and sexually assaulted, Hummel said.

A resident of the neighborhood called 911 when she heard the woman screaming, and arriving officers arrested Chimilio-Calletano as he emerged from behind the building. The victim managed to identify her attacker before being hospitalized with a severe leg injury and bruising to her arms, legs, and back, according to Hummel, of the prosecutor’s office’s Special Victims Unit.

Forensic evidence also connected Chimilio-Calletano to the crime. Sentencing is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 22, at which time he will face a potential sentence of 35 years in state prison.

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