By: Yuritza Arroyo
Authorities in Monmouth County announced that a local man who sexually abused two juvenile siblings over the course of several years and was convicted at trial last fall has been sentenced to 17 years and six months in prison for the crimes.
According to officials, Walter Orlando Perez-Ramos, 35, of Asbury Park, will be required to serve at least 85 percent of the first 16 years of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole under the provisions of New Jersey’s No Early Release Act (NERA), in accordance with the terms set down during a Friday afternoon sentencing hearing before Monmouth County Superior Court.
Asbury Park Police said on Monday, May 3, 2021, officers first received information regarding the abuse of the two victims, then ages 16 and 17.
After an investigation, officers quickly determined that the abuse had involved dozens of incidents taking place on various dates from May 2015 through May 2020, each involving inappropriate touching.
According to Police, Perez-Ramos was arrested later in May 2021 and remained in custody at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI).
Police say following the week long trial that ended in November 2022, Perez-Ramos was convicted on two counts of second-degree Sexual Assault, two counts of third-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and a single count of fourth-degree Criminal Sexual Contact.
During Friday’s sentencing hearing, Judge O’Malley also ordered that Perez-Ramos register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and be subject to Parole Supervision for Life upon his release.