ELIZABETH, NJ – Gregory Aker, 46, pleaded guilty in Superior Court to two counts of second-degree sexual assault just weeks after federal sentencing on child pornography possession charges, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.
Aker, of Linden, served as a leader in Boy Scout Troop 310 in Clark and was also a religious instructor at his Linden church before his February, 2014 arrest on the federal charges.
After his arrest, authorities seized Aker’s computers and storage media on which more than 600 images and dozens of videos depicting incidents of child sexual abuse were found.
In the Superior Court case, Aker admitted to sexually assaulting two boys, inappropriately touching them for his own sexual gratification, according to Union County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit Assistant Prosecutor Jessica Kahn, who prosecuted the case. The boys were under the age of 13 at the time of the abuse, Kahn said.
On April 21, 2016, Aker was sentenced to 96 months in prison on the federal charges. Aker also was sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release and required to register as a sex offender.
Sentencing in the Superior Court case has been scheduled for June 24, 2016 before Judge Regina Caulfield, with Aker’s prison term to run consecutively with his federal prison sentence. Convictions on second-degree crimes are commonly punishable by five to 10 years in state prison.