NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced Monday that a former assistant youth minister has admitted to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl on a number of occasions while he served at a church in Piscataway.
Ronald L. Wilcox, 60, of Fruitland, Md. pleaded guilty to a count of aggravated sexual assault after reaching an agreement with Middlesex County prosecutors.
He admitted to sexually assaulting the child from 1996 to 1998, and originally faced charges of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, sexual contact and endangering the welfare of the child.
Wilcox will be sentenced March 28, 2016 in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Alberto Rivas and could serve up to 10 years in a New Jersey state prison.
The investigation began after the victim, now an adult, told a relative, who contacted authorities.
Wilcox lived in Piscataway at the time and was charged after it was determined he sexually assaulted the teenager at a church office and at her home while he served as a Deacon-in-training and assisted the youth ministry at the Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church in Piscataway.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kenneth L. Saunders, Jr. of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3600, or Detective Robert Rose of the Piscataway Police Department at (732) 562-1100.