By John Heinis/Hudson County View
On Thursday, September 21, Carlos E. Santos was found guilty of second-degree sexual assault and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, Suarez said in a statement.
Santos, 29, was a resident of Bayonne at the time of his arrest. The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit initially arrested and charged Santos on August 4, 2014, authorities said. As a result, he has been in jail since October 20, 2015.
According to court testimony, on the night of June 14, 2014, Santos went to the Bayonne home of his sonâ€™s aunt. While at the home, Santos performed sex acts upon a 10-year-old girl, officials said.
Judge Mark J. Nelson, J.S.C. presided over the trial and is scheduled to sentence
Santos on December 8, authorities said.
Santos faces up to 10 years imprisonment on the sexual assault by contact charge and will have to serve 85 percent of any sentence imposed without the possibility of parole.
The conviction will also subject the defendant to Meganâ€™s Law and Parole Supervision for
Life. The jury also found the defendant not guilty of first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault.
The state was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Linda Claude-Oben.