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Newton man sentenced for endangering the welfare of a child

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Newton man has been sentenced for endangering the welfare of a child, according to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch.

Thomas Duffy, 36, was sentenced before the Honorable Louis S. Sceusi, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on April 16, Koch said.

Duffy was sentenced to 280 days county jail, the first 60 days to be served in county jail, the balance to be served on the Sussex County Home Detention Program, and three years probation. Along with the standard conditions of probation he must also undergo TASC and mental health evaluations and follow all recommendations, submit a DNA sample, forfeit devices seized during investigation, comply with overt monitoring, adhere to Internet and social media restrictions and pay $190.00 in court fines and fees, Koch said.

Duffy possessed files on his cellular phone, which contained digital images depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, Koch said.

Duffy pled guilty on June 23, 2020, to third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, Koch said.

Duffy was represented by Dan Palazzo, Esq. and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.

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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