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Indictment Charging Sexual Assault of Child May Lead to Decades in Prison, Prosecutor Says

Steven W. Newman Credits: Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office

FLEMINGTON, NJ – A Phillipsburg man could face decades in prison after a recent indictment charging him with sexual assault here, according to a press release from Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III.

Steven W. Newman, 50, was arrested March 17. A Hunterdon Grand Jury indicted him on charges of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, second-degree endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree lewdness.

Newman was arrested by detectives from Kearns’ Special Victims Unit and Flemington police.

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Kearns previously reported that the investigation revealed the victim was younger than 13 years old and “the crimes occurred in Flemington Borough.”

Kearns said that if convicted, Newman could face "10-20 years in a state prison for the first-degree charge."

“The guardians of children must always remain vigilant to the fact that those who sexually exploit children could be a trusted friend or family member,” Kearns said. “Continual communication with children under your care is imperative to keeping them safe and children should be taught about appropriate boundaries.”

The press release issued today said the indictment was handed up March 11.

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