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Former Hunterdon County camp counselor who sexually assaulted 3 children sentenced to prison

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – A former camp counselor at YMCA Camp Bernie that was charged in August 2022  for sexual assault was sentenced last week to 7 years in New Jersey State Prison, according to Hunterdon County Prosecutor Renée Robeson.

Joshua F. Daranijo, 24, of Levittown, PA, was sentenced on May 12 before Hunterdon County Superior Court Judge Angela F. Borkowski to concurrent 7-year terms in New Jersey State Prison on three counts of second-degree sexual assault by contact and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child for knowingly possessing items depicting the sexual exploitation of a child, as well as to a 5-year term on a count of possession of child sexual abuse material, which, under the No Early Release Act, will require him to serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole, Robeson said.

Upon his release, Daranijo will be required to register as a sex offender and be subject to Parole Supervision for Life, Robeson said.

The sentence follows a guilty plea as a result of an investigation conducted by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit.

Daranijo admitted in court to sexual contact with children under the age of 13 and to possessing child sexual abuse material while a camp counselor at YMCA Camp Bernie in Lebanon Township, Robeson said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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