Trenton Cop Sentenced to Two Years Probation for Having Sex with 14 Year Old – Punishment Fit the Crime? [POLL]
In what’s probably best described as a case of “let’s clear the calendar, a former Trenton police officer who had sex with a 14 year old back in 2010 was sentenced to 2 years probation.
Lisandro Otero-Ortiz pleaded guilty in June to one count of fourth-degree abuse of a child as part of a plea deal with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. He was sentenced this morning before Judge Thomas Brown in Superior Court.
The deal called for the dismissal of several charges including sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. If he had not accepted the plea deal, Otero-Ortiz faced a maximum of 15 years in prison.
Casey DeBlasio, spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office, said today that the victim, who was a relative of Otero-Ortiz, did not want to pursue prosecution of the sexual assault allegations.
In addition to the two year probationary sentence, Brown ordered that Otero-Ortiz is to have no contact with the victim and to undergo a drug and alcohol dependence evaluation. Otero-Ortiz was off-duty at a Trenton residence in June 2010 when he and the girl drank alcohol before the incident.
The sex does not appear to have been forcible, DeBlasio said. Otero-Ortiz, a Trenton resident, worked for the police department for four years before he was arrested in the fall of 2010 by detectives from the prosecutor’s office.
Following his arrest Otero-Ortiz was suspended from his job without pay. He is no longer employed by the department. Thank God for small favors.
Now on with the aftermath. Do you really feel that the punishment fits the crime? Short answer: NO!
I understand full well that the victim didn't want to pursue the sexual assault allegations but, c'mon 2 years probation for having sex with the 14 year old?
Do you feel the prosecutor gave the cop preferential treatment? We probably won’t ever know, but the verdict leaves everyone to speculate.