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Man sentenced to state prison for criminal sexual contact, endangering the welfare of a child

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A former Landing man has been sentenced to prison for criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child, according to Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.

The Honorable Ralph E. Amirata, J.S.C. on Aug. 11 sentenced Vinicio Orellana, 45, to three years New Jersey State Prison, subject to the provisions of Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for Life, Carroll said.

A Morris County jury on Feb. 16 found Orellana guilty of three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child following a three-day trial, Carroll said.

Evidence at trial established that on Sept. 27, 2020 Orellana touched a 16-year-old female victim on her intimate parts while in Mount Olive Township. The incident was reported to the Mount Olive Police Department on Sept. 27, 2020.

Prosecutor Carroll would like to thank and acknowledge the agencies that participated in the investigation which led to the successful guilty verdict, including the Mount Olive Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes Child Endangerment Unit. The Prosecutor also credited the Trial Team: Assistant Prosecutor Jacqueline Marotta, Assistant Prosecutor Alexandra Pecora, MCPO Detective Jenna Powers, and MCPO Detective Lamar Hagans, with their professional and dedicated service.

The Prosecutor further commended Detective Constantinos Pagonis and Det. Lt. Luis Sanchez of the Mount Olive Police Department, who were the lead investigators on this case, and Detective Juan Munoz and Detective Shawn Casey of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and MCPO Victim Witness Supervisor Amanda Holloway, along with all others who contributed to the investigation and successful prosecution in this case.

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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