Ex-corrections officer gets 3 years for criminal sexual contact

FLEMINGTON —A former county corrections officer was sentenced Friday to three years in state prison on charges of official misconduct and criminal sexual contact.


Marc Jenkins

(Scott E. Nodes / Hunterdon County)

Marc Jenkins, 36, was sentenced by Judge Roger Mahon in Superior Court in Flemington to three years in state prison on two counts of second-degree official misconduct, and nine months on two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, to run concurrently. The charges involved one female co-worker and two female inmates at Hunterdon County Jail while Jenkins was on duty.

Two counts of second-degree sexual assault were dropped when Jenkins pleaded guilty in March to the other charges, avoiding required registration under Megan’s Law.

Assistant Prosecutor Dawn Solari referred to letters submitted by victims and their families about their suffering, including one victim who sent a letter rather than having to face the defendant in person.

Solari commented on the defendant’s lack of prior criminal record, but took exception to letters filed on his behalf begging leniency, claiming it was not possible for Jenkins to have committed such acts.

“They were not here when the defendant pleaded guilty,” Solari said. “This could not be an aberration with three victims and two separate indictments.”

Jenkins sat quietly in a dark suit as Solari described his letter to victims claiming he was “not a street thug” as arrogant, noting that the victims still suffered under his intimidation.

“I submit to your honor that the defendant may not be a street thug, but he should have known better,” Solari said.

Defense attorney Paul M. Uhlik disputed Solari’s claim of arrogance.

“He’s been humilIated, he understands what he’s done, and he’s forfeited a promising career in law enforcement,” Uhlik said.

Jenkins stood to apologize to victims, family and friends.

“Your honor, I’m at your mercy,” Jenkins said. “I apologize for the pain I caused.”

Judge Mahon then read Jenkins his sentence, refusing his request to serve his time at the county jail.

“I’m satisfied,” Solari said. “On the day of the trial he pleaded guilty. I thought he should not get his request to serve in the county jail, and the judge agreed.”

“I think it’s an unfortunate situation,” Uhlik said. “He regrets what he has done, and he’ll live with it for the rest of his life. He wants to pay his debt to society and move on.”
source: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080523/NEWS/80523030&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSEL


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