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Man sentenced to 3 years in prison for endangering the welfare of a child, contempt charges

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child and contempt charges, according to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch.

Fernando Diaz, 39, of Newton was sentenced before the Honorable Louis S. Sceusi, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on Feb. 7, Koch said.

Diaz was sentenced to three years in state prison, parole supervision for life, must register for Megan’s Law, and pay $1550.00 in court fines and fees, Koch said.

Diaz pled guilty on Oct. 22, 2019 to third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree contempt, Koch said.

Diaz engaged in sexual conduct with a 9-year-old child on multiple occasions and also violated a court ordered restraining order prohibiting him from returning to the victim’s residence.

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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