Edgar Mejia, 54, of Long Branch, was found guilty on Wednesday by a Monmouth County jury of sexually assaulting a seven year old Eatontown girl in 2014, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.
Mejia faces possible incarceration of 30 years to life when Judge David F. Bauman imposes his sentence on March 17, 2017. Mejia has been in the custody of the Monmouth County Correctional Institution with bail set at $300,000 since his arrest on July 21, 2014.
The charges of first degree Aggravated Sexual Assault and third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child stem from a July 2014 incident in Eatontown. The victim, while at a relative’s house, was alone in a bedroom with the defendant, when Mejia touched the victim’s intimate parts and committed an act of sexual penetration on her.
The same evening, the victim reported the incident to her mother. The victim was later examined at the hospital, prompting an investigation by the Eatontown Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Victims Bureau. As a result of that investigation, Mejia was arrested.
Mejia will be required to register pursuant to Megan’s Law and be placed on Parole Supervision for Life.