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Sussex County woman pleads guilty to theft, lewdness, simple assault, shoplifting charges

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County woman has entered a guilty plea to theft, lewdness, simple assault, and shoplifting charges , according to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch.

Catrina Jackson, 39, of Hopatcong pled guilty to third-degree theft and disorderly persons offenses of lewdness, simple assault and shoplifting before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C., at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on October 13, Koch said.

In pleading guilty, Jackson admitted to taking property from a Sparta resident on June 5, to commission of public sexual activity on June 18 in Newton, to attempting to put another in fear of serious bodily injury through physical menace on June 15 in Newton, and to taking merchandise valued at less than $200.00 from the Hampton Walmart on September 4, Koch said.

Jackson is scheduled to be sentenced on December 1, Koch said.

The cases were investigated by DSG Thomas Snyder of the Sparta Township Police Department, Ptl. Garrett Armstrong and Ptl. Steven Kneidl of the Newton Police Department, and Tpr. M.L. Stanziale of the New Jersey State Police.

Jackson was represented by Thomas F. Militano, Esq., and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Donald F. Cox, Jr.

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