Randolph Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison For Child Endangerment

According to officials, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, and Randolph Township Police Chief David Stokoe announced that on January 14, Jose Lemus, age 67, of Randolph, New Jersey, was sentenced by the Honorable Stephen J. Taylor, P.J.Cr., to seven (7) years in New Jersey State Prison.

In addition, he was ordered to pay mandatory fines and penalties and to have no contact with the victim. He will also be subject to Parole Supervision for Life and registration under Megan’s Law.

Officials say On October 21, 2019, a Morris County jury found Jose Lemus guilty of one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a crime of the 2nd degree.

The jury found Lemus not guilty of one count of 2nd-degree sexual assault, and could not reach a verdict on a separate count of 2nd-degree sexual assault and two counts of 3rd degree aggravated criminal sexual contact.

The sexual acts that constituted endangering the welfare of a child occurred in 2011 through 2015 when the victim was between the ages of 11 and 15-years old.

The State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Gloria Rispoli and Assistant Prosecutor George Russo at trial.

Prosecutor Knapp commended both of the Assistant Prosecutors along with Detective Supervisor Carolina Moreno for their outstanding work in investigating and prosecuting this case.

Prosecutor Knapp would also like to thank the Randolph Township Police Department, the New Jersey State Police, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Digital Media Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit for their efforts in this case.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at pressinquiry@co.morris.nj.us or 973-829-8159