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Independence Twp. man, woman sentenced to prison in sex assault case

INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A Independence Township man who sexually assaulted a child multiple times, and a Independence Township woman who observed the abuse failed to stop it were sentenced on December 7, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.

Thomas Strait, 36, was sentenced on the first-degree aggravated sexual assault (victim under 13-years-old) to 19 years in New Jersey State Prison with 19 years parole ineligibility pursuant to the Jessica Lunsford Act.

Additionally, Strait was sentenced to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison with 5 years parole ineligibility on the second-degree certain person not to possess weapons. Both sentences are to run concurrent.

Cody Ringwald, 36, was sentenced on the second-degree sexual assault to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison pursuant to the No Early Release Act.

Additionally, Ringwald was sentenced to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison on the second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Both sentences are to run concurrent.

Strait and Ringwald are also subject to Megan’s Law Registration and Parole Supervision for Life.

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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