Five former employees of Broadway Respite and Home Care have been convicted and sentenced for offenses involving the abuse of two individuals who attended the daycare facility for adults in Paterson.

The facility, meanwhile, remains subject to court-ordered monitoring and has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine and improve the training of its employees.

Kenitra Hicks, 36, of New Brunswick, Hugo Lorenzo, 27, of North Brunswick, and Janella Allen, 32, of Elizabeth, physically abused two severely disabled adults at the facility in May 2019, an investigation found.

On July 21 of this year, the three defendants were sentenced to probation and/or fines. On the same date, Kieasha Morgan, 25, of New Brunswick, was sentenced to one year of probation — she had pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly persons failure to report abuse.

On July 23, Asia Lunn, 24, of New Brunswick, was convicted and handed the harshest sentence — five years of probation, 180 days in jail, and a $1,000 fine. She had been charged with one count of third-degree abandonment and neglect of a disabled person.

The defendants were arrested and charged in 2019 following an investigation by authorities from East Brunswick Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.

Contact reporter Dino Flammia at dino.flammia@townsquaremedia.com.

NJ teachers and educators caught in sex crime busts

Over the past few years, state lawmakers have taken on the challenge of dealing with accused child predators among the ranks of teachers and educators.

In 2018, the so-called “pass the trash” law went into effect, requiring stricter New Jersey school background checks related to child abuse and sexual misconduct.

The follow individuals were arrested over the past several years. Some have been convicted and sentenced to prison, while others have accepted plea deals for probation.

Others cases are still pending, including some court delays amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

NJ arrests 31 accused child predators in "Operation 24/7"

A roundup of 31 men have been accused of sexually exploiting children online, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced on July 14 while detailing "Operation 24/7."

The suspects “possessed and or distributed videos and images of child sexual abuse, including in many cases videos of young children being raped by adults,” Grewal said.

Chat apps and gaming platforms remain favorite hunting grounds for child predators and even as the pandemic winds down, many children have continued to spend more time online.

State Police received 39% more tips in just the first 6 months of 2021 than they received in the entire year in 2019. The following are suspects charged in "Operation 24/7."