FREEHOLD: The following is a press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office:
A Long Branch man was found guilty of Aggravated Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child stemming from a 2014 incident, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Edgar Mejia, 54, of Long Branch, was found guilty Wednesday of first degree Aggravated Sexual Assault and third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The case involved a 7-year-old female victim. Mejia is scheduled for sentencing on March 17, 2017 before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge David F. Bauman, P.J.Cr.
The charges stem from a July 2014 incident in Eatontown. The victim, while at a relative's house, was alone in a bedroom with the defendant, when Mejia touched the victim's intimate parts and committed an act of sexual penetration on her.
The same evening, the victim reported the incident to her mother. The victim was later examined at the hospital, prompting an investigation by the Eatontown Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, Special Victims Bureau. As a result of that investigation, Mejia was arrested on July 21, 2014.
On the count of first degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, Mejia faces a sentence between 25 years to Life in a New Jersey state prison, pursuant to the provisions of the Jessica Lunsford Act requiring him to serve a minimum of 25 years before he is eligible for parole.
On the charge of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Mejia faces a sentence between 3 to 5 years in state prison. Additionally, due to this conviction, Mejia will be required to register pursuant to Megan's Law and be placed on Parole Supervision for Life.
The case was prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Ellyn Rajfer. The defendant was represented by Ryan Moriarty, Esq. of Freehold.