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NJ Man Sentenced to 29 Years in Prison for Explicit Contact on Minor

Parsippany-Troy Hills


By: Yuritza Arroyo

Authorities in Morris County announced that Amit Bhatt, 43, formerly of Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, was sentenced in relation to an Aggravated Explicit Contact that occurred on October 28, 2017, in Parsippany-Troy Hills Township.

According to officials, on June 23, Bhatt was sentenced to 29 years in New Jersey State Prison on first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, with 25 years of parole ineligibility. A third-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child count merged into the Sexual Assault count.

The sentences were ordered to run concurrently to each other.

According to the authorities, upon release, Bhatt is subject to Megan’s Law notification and Parole Supervision for Life. Bhatt is also ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Pursuant to the Jessica Lunsford Act, the defendant was required to receive a sentence between 25 years and life imprisonment, with a mandatory 25 years of parole ineligibility, on the first degree

Aggravated Sexual Assault charge. A jury returned a guilty verdict on the three charges on January 27,  following a three-day trial.

The charges arose from an incident that occurred on October 28, 2017, in Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, wherein the defendant performed sex acts on and touched the inner thigh of an eight year- old child.

Members of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes / Child Endangerment Unit conducted an investigation into the incident after being notified of the victim’s disclosure by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office on January 11, 2022.