West Orange, NJ - Carolyn A. Murray, Acting Essex County Prosecutor, has announced that  the Honorable Judge Peter V. Ryan, J.S.C., sentenced Salvador Storch, 49, of West Orange to 30 years in state prison for aggravated sexual assault of a girl over a three year period.

Storch, a West Orange mechanic, was convicted by a jury on Thursday May 24, 2012.  He was found guiltyic, guilty of three counts of first degree aggravated assault, three counts of second degree sexual assault by sexual contact and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Evidence showed Storch sexually abused the girl over a three year period beginning at the age of 11 and ending when she was 13. Discovery of the abuse came to light when authorities investigated why the girl was not attending school regularly.

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Storch’s defense attorney claimed that he was intoxicated during the incidents and lacked the mental capacity to have the required criminal intent.  However, the jury rejected that argument.

After only 3.5 hours of deliberation, the jury reached its verdict. Judge Ryan sentenced Storch under the "No Early Release Act,"  requiring the defendant to serve 85 percent of his 30-year sentence before he is eligible for parole. After his sentence is completed, Storch will face deportation back to his home country of Mexico.

Assistant Prosecutor Tony Gutierrez, of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, who tried the case, said, “This sentence sends a clear message that those who prey on children will be held accountable. I want to thank the West Orange Police Department and the sexual assault nurse for their excellent work in getting the evidence used to successfully prosecute this case.’’

Gutierrez applauded Det. Lou Mignone from the West Orange Police Department who obtained a confession from the defendant, and Julia Browning, a nurse who deals with sexual assault victims, for recovering the DNA used in the prosecution of the case.

The victim in this case, who is now 15 years old, is a minor whose name is being withheld for privacy reasons.