Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Oaklyn Police Chief Mark Moore reported an Oaklyn man was sentenced on Thursday to 17 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a child in 2012.

William S. Cannon, 40, will also have his name added to the state’s Megan’s Law list of sex offenders and will be subject to parole supervision for life.  Under the No Early Release Act, he will be required to serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence before he is eligible for parole.

A jury found Cannon guilty in December 2014 of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

During the trial, Assistant Prosecutor Lauren Wojcik presented evidence proving Cannon sexually assaulted a 5-year-old girl at his Oaklyn home on August 26, 2012.

“This was a heinous crime and the defendant clearly deserves this prison sentence,” said Wojcik.  “I have to credit Oaklyn Police Detective Jayne Jones and CCPO Detective Nick Villano for conducting an impeccable investigation.  Their hard work and dedication helped make the prosecution of this case successful.”

Superior Court Judge John T. Kelley presided over the trial and sentencing.

Released Thursday, May 14, 2015.