Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo reported a New York man was sentenced Friday to 39 years in prison for sexually assaulting a teenage girl.
Hiram A. Celestine, M/39, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was convicted by a jury in July of five counts of Sexual Assault and one count each of Criminal Sexual Contact, Attempted Sexual Assault, Harassment, Resisting Arrest and Witness Tampering. As part of his sentence, Celestine will not be eligible for parole for approximately 25 years.
During the trial, Assistant Prosecutor Lauren Wojcik presented evidence proving Celestine had a sexual relationship with the victim from August 2010 through September 2012. The victim was 15-years-old when the sexual assaults began.
The crimes occurred in Woodlynne and Pennsauken as well as Monroe Township, Gloucester County, where Celestine formerly resided.
Celestine was arrested and charged in September 2012 after he threatened to kill the victim in Camden and police became involved.
Released Monday, December 8, 2014.