West New York man convicted of having sex with ex-girlfriend’s underage daughter

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A West New York man was convicted of having sex with his ex-girlfriend’s underage daughter by a Hudson County jury last week, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced. 

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Thursday, Edwin Romero-Larios, 30, of West New York, was convicted by a Hudson County jury of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, both second-degree crimes, after more than three days of trial testimony, Suarez said in a statement.

The jury found Romero-Larios guilty of sexually assaulting the victim, a pre-pubescent girl, on diverse dates in 2017 in West New York.

The victim’s mother was in a relationship with the defendant at the time of the assaults. The jury deliberated approximately seven hours before returning their guilty verdicts. He was also acquitted of one count of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, authorities said.

Romero-Larios faces up to 10 years in state prison for each count, and will have to serve 85 percent of any sentence imposed without the possibility of parole for the sexual assault
conviction.

The convictions will force the defendant to register under Megan’s Law and parole supervision for life.

Hudson County Superior Court Judge Sheila Venable presided over the trial and is scheduled to sentence the defendant on January 8th, 2019.

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