ELIZABETH, NJ — After a two-week trial, Edward Riskin, 57, an acupuncturist and Chatham resident was convicted of sexually assaulting a patient.
Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Springfield Police Chief John Cook jointly announced the conviction yesterday.
According to the prosecutor's office, their investigation revealed that Raskin sexually assaulted an adult victim during a scheduled appointment at Spirit Acupuncture on December 30, 2017, according to Unit Supervisor and Assistant Prosecutor Caroline Lawlor, who prosecuted the case.
Raskin turned himself in to police at Springfield Police Department headquarters in February 2018 before being taken to Union County Jail.
After Raskin and his defense waived the right to be tried by a jury, Judge DiFabrizio found Raskin guilty of second-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact.
Convictions on second-degree criminal charges of this nature are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison, with a minimum of 85 percent of the term to be served before the possibility of parole under New Jersey’s No Early Release Act (NERA).
Alog with his Springfield practice, Raskin was also known to have an office in New York City. Prosecutors are asking anyone with information about his activities to contact Sgt. Santos at 908-577-4256 or Sgt. Mirabile at 973-912-2242.
Raskin is scheduled to be sentenced later this year.