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Oak Ridge man sentenced to 8 years in prison for sexual assault of 11-year-old girl

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – A Morris County man has been sentenced to eight years in state prison for sexually assaulting an 11-year old girl, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.

Richard Perry, 49, of Oak Ridge was sentenced on March 20 to eight years in New Jersey State Prison on two second-degree sexual assault charges and four years New Jersey State Prison on a third-degree endangering the welfare of a child charge, Knapp said. 

Perry will also be required to register pursuant to Megan’s Law and was sentenced to parole supervision for life. In addition to eight years New Jersey State Prison, Perry is subject to the no early release act and must serve at least 85% of his sentence before being eligible for parole. He was ordered to pay mandatory fines and penalties, and is to have no contact with the victim or victim’s family, Knapp said.

Perry was previously found guilty by a jury of two counts of second-degree sexual assault, and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, Knapp said.

The crimes occurred on Oct. 2, 2016 when Perry had inappropriately touched the niece of his fiancé during a sleepover at his home. The then 11-year-old victim disclosed to her aunt immediately that he touched her and the aunt in turn contacted the police, Knapp said.

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