Prosecutor: Jury convicts Union City man of sexually assaulting unconscious ex-girlfriend

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A Hudson County jury convicted a Union City man of sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend in West New York last year after a four-day trial, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Wednesday, September 26th, Victor Alvarez, 27, of Union City, was convicted by a
Hudson County jury of aggravated Sexual Assault, a first-degree crime, after a four-day trial, Suarez said in a statement.

The jury found Alvarez guilty of sexually assaulting the victim while she was unconscious on September 11th, 2017, in West New York. The victim and the defendant had been in an on-again, off-again dating relationship, authorities said.

The jury deliberated approximately seven hours before returning their decision of guilty on the aggravated sexual assault count.

Alvarez was acquitted of one count of second-degree sexual assault by Force or coercion and a lesser included offense of criminal sexual contact, officials said.

He faces up to 20 years in state prison and will have to serve 85 percent of any sentence imposed without the possibility of parole.

The convictions will subject the defendant to registration under Megan’s Law and Parole
Supervision for Life.

Judge Sheila Venable presided over the trial and is scheduled to sentence the defendant on December 7th. After the verdict, Venable ordered the defendant detained, pending sentencing, authorities said.

The state was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Barbara Drasheff and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit investigated the case.