MORRIS PLAINS, NJ -- Former Morris Plains resident Stephen Corcoran (51) has been sentenced to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison for sexual assault charges, announced Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.

According to authorities, Corcoran pled guilty to four separate counts of sexual assault, all crimes of the second degree. These charges represent separate acts of sexual penetration committed upon three individual victims between 1997 and 1999 in the Borough of Morris Plains, they said. As part of the plea, the defendant acknowledged that he was in a supervisory position as a result of his assistant scoutmaster status.

The sentence is subject to Megan's Law and Community Supervision of Life.

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The case came to light in November 2011, when a former boy scout came forward and stated that he had been sexually assaulted by Corcoran, his former assistant scoutmaster. 

Corcoran is currently serving a seven-year sentence related to his 2017 convictions for exhibition of child pornography, a crime of the second degree, and 11 counts of possession of child pornography, crimes of the fourth degree, stated the Prosecutor's Office. The sentence imposed for the sexual assault convictions will run concurrent with the child pornography convictions, they said.

“The defendant held a trusted leadership role in his community and chose to abuse his power by hurting innocent children," said Prosecutor Knapp. "The past cannot be changed, however, we hope that this sentence brings some closure to the victims." is a member of the New Jersey Press Association and is a hyperlocal news site that serves residents, organizations and business owners of Denville, New Jersey.

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