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Man arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting, robbing 19-year-old at Morris County hotel

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS, NJ (Morris County) – A Mercer County man has been accused of sexually assaulting and robbing a 19-year-old at a Morris County hotel in late December, Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll announced Sunday.

Earl L. Kelly, 36, of Hamilton has been charged with four counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault, two counts of third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, first-degree robbery, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, fourth-degree aggravated assault, and third-degree criminal restraint, Carroll said.

On December 24, 2021, Kelly sexually assaulted and robbed the 19-year-old victim while armed with a handgun at the Holiday Inn in Parsippany, Carroll said.

Kelly was arrested by members of the Edison Police Department on January 7 and was then lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility, Carroll said.

Anyone with information relating to this case or any related incident is asked to call Detective Thomas Laird of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6245.

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