Eatontown man sexually assaulted a child for seven years, prosecutors say
An Eatontown was found guilty Thursday by a jury for multiple incidents of sexual abuse on a child that occurred in Toms River, Berkeley Township and Woodbridge Township over the course of seven years, announced Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato.
Christopher Barclay, 40, had been charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child on February 23, 2017 by Detective Alex Bromley, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, and Detective Jennifer Grob, Toms River Township Police Department.
It was the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department in Sterrett, Alabama who ultimately placed Barclay under arrest.
Barclay on Thursday of this week was continued on a no bail status pending sentencing.
He'll be sentenced under the “Jessica Lunsford Act” which requires the Court to impose a custodial sentence of between twenty-five years and life for the first-degree sexual assault conviction, of which the defendant must serve a minimum of twenty-five years before being considered for parole eligibility.
Barclay is facing 5 to 10 years, subject to the No Early Release Act, on each of the Sexual Assault charges, and 5 to 10 years on each of the endangering the welfare of a child charges.
Defendant will also be subject to Meghan’s Law, parole supervision for life and Nicole’s law.
The Honorable James Blaney, J.S.C. presided over the case.
On April 7, 2017, the Honorable Barbara Villano detained the defendant without bail.
On March 8 of this year an Ocean County jury convicted Barclay of Aggravated Sexual Assault, a first-degree crime, sexual assault, a second-degree crime, and endangering the welfare of a child, a second-degree crime for incidents occurring in Toms River Township on diverse dates between the years 2005 and 2006.
Barclay was also convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child for incidents occulting in Berkeley Township on diverse dates between 2006 and 2010.
Defendant was further convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child for incidents occurring in Woodbridge Township on diverse dates between 2010 and 2012.
Ocean County Senior Assistant Prosecutor Christine Lento prosecuted the case.
Detective John Dotto, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Unit, also assisted in the investigation.
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