Trenton Man Sentenced on Multiple Sexual Assault Charges

TRENTON – A Trenton man was sentenced today to 40 years in state prison for multiple sexual assault crimes, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported. Under the No Early Release Act, the sentence carries a mandatory period of parole ineligibility of 34 years.

Officials say Jordan Lester, 32, of Trenton, was convicted by a jury in October 2019 of two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault on a child under 13-years-old and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Mercer County Superior Court Judge Timothy P. Lydon presided over the trial and imposed sentence.

The victim first reported the sexual assaults to a family member in 2015. In 2016, the victim disclosed to detectives, specially trained in child forensic interviews at the Robin Scheiner Child Advocacy Center, that when she was 5- and 6-years-old, the defendant sexually assaulted her multiple times, both vaginally and anally.

The victim, 9 years old at the time of trial, testified at trial.

Lester was sentenced to concurrent terms of 40 years incarceration for the two counts of aggravated sexual assault and a six-year term of incarceration for the count of endangering the welfare of a child.

In addition to the sentence of incarceration, Lester is subject to parole supervision for life and will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.