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Hector M. Cruz  (DOB 10/5/89), of Gibbsboro Rd, Clementon pleaded guilty today (9/27) to sexual assault against the 14 year-old daughter of a former Glassboro girlfriend in July 2012.


“I had sex with her,” Cruz said when questioned by his attorney before Superior Court Judge Kevin Smith. “I didn’t know her age.”  However, Cruz acknowledged to Judge Smith that he didn’t dispute the girl was 14 at the time. Specifically, Cruz said the act was vaginal intercourse.


Under terms of a plea agreement, Senior Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Audrey Curwin will recommend Cruz be sentenced to six years in New Jersey state prison on the second-degree crime. A sentencing date was deferred until after Cruz is evaluated at the New Jersey Adult Diagnostic Center, a facility for sex offenders in Avenel NJ.  He has been in jail since 7/24/12 in default of $100,000 bail.




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