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Sussex County man sentenced for endangering the welfare of a child

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

Eric Hand, 29, of Hopatcong Borough was sentenced on Nov. 4 before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton, Taggart said.

Hand was sentenced to 3 years probation. In addition to the standard conditions of probation, he must also serve 30 days in Morris County Correctional Facility but may elect to serve the sentence on home detention; No contact with children; Forfeit all items seized pursuant to the search warrant; and must pay $917 in fines and fees, Taggart said.

Hand pled guilty on April 13 to third-degree to endangering the welfare of a child. In pleading guilty, he admitted to being in possession of child pornography on electronic devices which belonged to him, Taggart said.

Hand was represented by Bruce Farrier, Esq., and the State was represented by Special Deputy Attorney General and Acting Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.

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