Morris County man found guilty of kidnapping, criminal sexual contact, other offenses
MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – A Morris County jury has found a Morristown man guilty of kidnapping, criminal sexual contact, and other offenses, according to Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.
Tyrone Ellison, 35, was found guilty on Nov. 14 of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree possession with intent to distribute CDS, third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, third-degree possession of a CDS and simple assault, Carroll said.
The jury found Ellison not guilty of third-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Carroll said.
On Feb. 13, 2021, Ellison approached the victim in Newark and offered him a place to stay for the night, driving him back to his Morristown residence, Carroll said.
The victim fell asleep and awoke to Ellison contacting his intimate parts. Ellison displayed a handgun and would not allow the victim to access his cell phone and confined the victim in the residence for most of the day, Carroll said.
When the victim attempted to end another act of unwanted touching, Ellison struck the victim, causing injury. The victim was secretly able to send a message to his mother, and was later able to run out of the residence to a waiting car, Carroll said.
The incident was reported to law enforcement and during the investigation, several packages of methamphetamine that were packaged for distribution along with text conversations on Ellison’s phone relating to drug distribution were found in his residence, Carroll said.
The charges against Ellison were tried before a jury between November 3 and November 14, Carroll said.
Ellison is scheduled to be sentenced on February 17, 2023 and he remains in custody, Carroll said.