🔺 NJ corrections officer arrested over a year ago

🔺 Jury convicted man of sexual abuse

🔺 Suspended officer now faces prison

CAPE MAY — A 34-year-old corrections officer who worked at the Cape May County jail now faces a lengthy prison term after being found guilty of sexually abusing a girl.

Jonathan Perez was arrested in February 2023, at which point he was suspended without pay, according to Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland.

Cape May County jail (capemaycountynj.gov)
Cape May County jail (capemaycountynj.gov)

The State Police Woodbine barracks had received a report that Perez had been sexually assaulting a juvenile female "over an extended period of time," Sutherland said.

Perez was charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault of a minor, as well as second-degree counts of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

On Friday, after a several-week trial a jury found Perez guilty on all four charges.

Atlantic County Justice Facility entrance (Google Maps)
Atlantic County Justice Facility entrance (Google Maps)

Perez remained held at Atlantic County jail.

Anyone convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a victim younger than 13 faces a prison term of 25 years to life, under the Jessica Lunsford Act.

His sentencing was slated for June 12.

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