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Jury finds Randolph Twp. man guilty of endangering the welfare of a child

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – A Morris County jury on Monday found Jose Lemus, 65, of a Randolph Township man guilty of one count second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.

Lemus was found not guilty of one count of second-degree sexual assault. The jury could not reach a verdict on a separate count of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, Knapp said.

The sexual acts that constituted endangering the welfare of a child occurred in 2011 through 2015 when the victim was between the ages of 11 and 15 years old, Knapp said.

The Honorable Stephen J. Taylor, J.S.C. presided over the trial, and will sentence Lemus at a later date, to be determined, Knapp said.

Lemus was subsequently remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility pending sentencing, Knapp said.

At sentencing, he faces a sentence of 5 to 10 years in state prison.  He will also be subject to registration pursuant to Megan’s Law and parole supervision for life, Knapp 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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