FREEHOLD, NJ — A physical therapist with offices in Manasquan and Brielle is accused of engaging in illegal sexual contact with two former employees, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Lukas I. DeLorenzo, 35, of Neptune Township has been charged with fourth-degree sexual contact based on incidences of alleged touching and groping of these employees — performed under the guise of teaching treatment methods, the office said.

The inappropriate sexual touching of both victims occurred over a period of time beginning around September 2019 at both offices, it continued.

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The joint investigation is being conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) Special Victims Bureau, Manasquan Police Department and Brielle Police Department.

If convicted, DeLorenzo faces a sentence on each count of up to 18 months in state prison.

Investigators are seeking additional information on DeLorenzo’s activities and are concerned there are more potential victims. Contact MCPO Detective Jose Rodriguez at 732-431-7160, ext. 7172, or Detective Kenneth Hamill of the Manasquan Police Department at 732-223-1000, ext. 226.

Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous, but has information about a crime can contact the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400 or texting “MONMOUTH,” plus their tip to 274637. They also can email a tip via the website at  Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of criminals and fugitives.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all the trial rights guaranteed by the federal and state law.

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