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Passaic Man Sentenced to 23 Years in Kidnapping, Sexual Assault of Paterson Resident


PATERSON, N.J. - Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announced Wednesday that Juan Cruz-Pena, 32 of Passaic to a combined term of 23 years in New Jersey State Prison for the Kidnapping, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, and Aggravated Assault of (name withheld), 36 of Paterson.

Cruz-Pena acted with a codefendant who is is currently a fugitive with an outstanding warrant, although he is presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.

Evidence presented during the trials indicated that Cruz-Pena confined the victim to a porch at an abandoned house on May 22, 2014 at 2:00 a.m. in the morning. While there Cruz-Pena punched the victim and then forced the victim into engaging in forced sexual contact.

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Cruz-Pena’s sentence on the Kidnapping is 23 years and is subject to the No Early Release Act(NERA). NERA requires that he serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed, without parole eligibility. After release, he is also subject to a five-year term of parole supervision. On the third degree Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, Cruz-Pena was sentenced to 5 years, and is required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law, and be subject to Parole Supervision for Life. On the third degree Aggravated Assault, he was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. 

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with information regarding Daniel Ortiz to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org.

Anyone with additional information may also contact the Paterson Police Department Detective Bureau at (973) 321-1120.

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