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Man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting woman while holding a knife to her in Warren County

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County) – A Pennsylvania man pleads guilty to sexually assaulted a woman while holding a knife to her in September 2021 in Phillipsburg, the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office said Monday.

John H. Holmes, 40, of Easton pled guilty before the Honorable H. Matthew Cury, J.S.C. on July 11 to first-degree aggravated sexual assault, third-degree terroristic, and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, authorities said.

The State will recommend that Holmes be sentenced to ten years in New Jersey State Prison subject to the eighty-five percent parole ineligibility requirements of the No Early Release Act, prosecutor’s office said.

In pleading guilty, Holmes admitted to physically attacking a woman on the evening of Sept. 27, 2021. During the assault, he admitted to producing a knife and holding it to her as he made threats against her life and sexually assaulted her, prosecutor’s office said.

Holmes remains lodged in the Warren County Correctional Facility. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 21.

The Warren County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Unit, Phillipsburg Police Department, the New Jersey State Police – Fugitive Unit, US Marshals Service NY /NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, US Marshals Service Eastern District of Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force and the Easton Police Department Criminal Investigation Division assisted in the investigation.

Jay Edwards

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