Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Gloucester Township Police Chief Harry Earle reported the a teenager who accosted five women in Gloucester township earlier this year will spend 18 months in a residential treatment facility for juvenile sex offenders.
Family Court Judge Richard Wells ordered The Gloucester Township 13-year-old’s 18 months of residential treatment to be followed by another 18 months of mandated aftercare during a sentencing hearing Monday. The teenager pleaded guilty April 23 to two counts of 3rd degree Criminal Sexual Contact and three counts of 4th degree Criminal Sexual Contact.
Judge Wells ordered the teenager to spend the 18 months of residential treatment at Pinelands Residential, a facility operated by the Juvenile Justice Commission. The teen also received a three year term of probation.
The teenager admitted to groping or touching women inappropriately at the Autumn Ridge Apartments in Gloucester Township on five separate occasions from December 2013 to February 2014. He also used physical force on two of the women. The teenager was arrested March 2 after an Autumn Ridge resident recognized the suspect from a composite sketch released by Gloucester Township Police and contacted authorities.