NEWARK, NJ – A West Orange man has been guilty of four counts of fourth-degree bias intimidation following a trial before Judge Marysol Rosero of the Superior Court, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray.
According to Assistant Prosecutor Tony Gutierrez, Exampliar Exantus, 47, hurled racial epithets and denigrating comments about the ethnicity and sexual orientation of a 17-year-old male victim on numerous occasions. Three of the events were captured on video, he said, and one was witnessed by local police.
On Friday, an Essex County jury found Exantus guilty of four counts of bias intimidation. The incidents began on Aug. 12, 2013 and continued until May 15, 2015. The victim and the defendant lived on the same block in West Orange, according to the prosecutor’s office.
“The state is satisfied that the jury concluded that this defendant clearly targeted this victim,’’ said Assistant Prosecutor Gutierrez.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 20.