Thursday, March 10th, 2016
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Boonton Police Chief David Mayhood have announced that Luis Estrada, 51, formerly of Boonton and Rockaway Township, pled guilty this week to one count of aggravated sexual assault, a crime of the first degree.
Estrada had been facing trial on charges of first degree and second degree aggravated sexual assault. Jury selection had been completed and opening arguments and testimony were set begin on Monday (March 14) before Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Critchley.
In pleading guilty, Estrada admitted that during the summer of 2002, he resided with the family of the then 12-year-old victim in the town of Boonton. He admitted that he engaged in a number of sexual acts with the boy. The victim did not disclose these acts to law enforcement until 2013.
Estrada was 37 years old at the time of the incidents in question.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, the defendant faces a sentence of 12 years in New Jersey State Prison, subject to the No Early Release Act, Community Supervision for Life, and Megan’s Law.
Judge Critchley presided over the plea. This matter is scheduled for sentencing on May 6, 2016.
Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Meg Rodriguez and Assistant Prosecutor Caitlyn Kelly represented the State.
Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Boonton Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit whose efforts contributed to the investigation and resolution of the matter.
Any inquiries can be directed to Executive Captain Richard Rose at [email protected] or (973) 285-6244.