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Newark Man Convicted in 2015 Irvington Kidnapping, Sexual Assault Case


By: Richard L. Smith 

An Essex County jury has delivered a guilty verdict against Kervin Joseph-Michel, 43, of Newark, for the kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault of a 21-year-old woman, as well as endangering the welfare of her infant son.AdThe announcement was made by Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, marking the end of a harrowing ordeal that began on November 4, 2015, in Irvington.

According to Essex County Prosecutor's Office Spokesman Robert Florida, the conviction encompasses first-degree kidnapping and first-degree aggravated sexual assault, among other charges, following a trial presided over by Superior Court Judge Ronald D. Wigler.

Joseph-Michel was accused of accosting the young woman as she walked home with her three-week-old son, subsequently assaulting her at knifepoint in her home.

The situation escalated when the victim's friend arrived, leading to a struggle during which the boyfriend disarmed Joseph-Michel, who then fled.

Testimonies revealed the victim’s quick thinking saved her and her child as she managed to escape and alert her boyfriend.

The evidence was solidified by a forensic examination that matched Joseph-Michel to the crime scene, as well as to three other unsolved sexual assault cases in Irvington and Newark.Ad Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor Celeste M. Montesino praised the jury's diligence and commended the bravery of the victims involved.

The case was a collaborative effort between the Irvington Police Department and the Essex County ProProsecutor'sfice, highlighting the persistent work of law enforcement over the years.

Joseph-Michel is scheduled for sentencing on April 19, 2024, facing substantial prison time for his crimes.

His conviction not only brings closure to the victims of this case but also connects him to additional unsolved cases, emphasizing the impact of forensic evidence in solving violent crimes.