NEWARK, NJ - A 30-year-old Belleville man admitted to sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Nutley.
According to the Essex County Prosecutors Office, the accused worked as a youth basketball coach with Amateur Athletics Union (AAU), a youth basketball league which held practices at the Abundant Life Academy in Nutley and Our Lady of Sorrows in South Orange.
Kevin Jimenez pled guilty to second degree sexual assault before the Honorable Sheila A. Venable, Judge of the Superior Court on Thursday. Jimenez was 29 at the time of the incident, the victim was 12.
In entering his guilty plea, Jimenez admitted that while working as a coach for a youth basketball team, he touched the then 12-year-old victim's intimate body parts for sexual gratification. At the time of the sexual assault, the victim was one of the players on the team.
The defendant accepted the state's plea offer which calls for a sentence of eight years in New Jersey State Prison. Under the No Early Release Act, the defendant must serve 85 percent of that sentence before becoming eligible for parole. After his release from prison, Jimenez will be subject to Megan’s Law registration and Parole Supervision for Life, according to Assistant Prosecutor Amani Abdellah.
"The defendant used his position as a coach to take advantage of the victim which is a betrayal to the victim and the victim's parents who trusted him," said Abdellah.
Sentencing in this case is scheduled for Aug. 8.