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Man pleads guilty to assaulting officer in Sussex County

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County man has entered a guilty plea to assaulting an officer, according to Acting Sussex County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart.

Jose Lopez, 45, of Andover, pled guilty on Oct. 5 to third-degree aggravated assault, and third-degree aggravated assault upon a law enforcement officer before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton, Taggart said.

In pleading guilty, Lopez admitted to purposefully or knowingly causing significant bodily injury to a person who with respect to the suspect, meets the definition of a victim of domestic violence and purposely or knowingly causing bodily injury to a law enforcement officer.

Lopez is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 1.

The case was investigated by Patrolman Rohan of the Hopatcong Police Department.

Lopez was represented by Thomas Militano, Esq., and the State was represented by Special Deputy Attorney General and Acting Assistant Prosecutor Vanessa Henderson.

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