Prosecutors say a former security guard at a northwestern New Jersey nursing home has been sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually assaulting a disabled patient.

Joshua Murch (Sussex County Prosecutor's Office)
Joshua Murch (Sussex County Prosecutor's Office)

Joshua Murch of Andover must serve three years before becoming eligible for parole. He also must register as a sex offender under the sentence imposed Friday and will be under lifetime parole supervision once he's released from prison.

The 30-year-old Murch had pleaded guilty last November to sexual assault, admitting that he engaged in sex acts with a 60-year-old woman at the facility in Andover Township.

Authorities say the woman suffers from numerous physical and mental problems.


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