MAYS LANDING – A Camden County man was sentenced to prison last week for the sexual assault in 2014 of a Ventnor child, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
A four-month investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Ventnor Police Department, assisted by the Collingswood and Temple University police departments, led to the arrest of Antonio M. Rodriguez, male, then 21- years-old, of the 600 block of Eldridge Avenue, Oaklyn, NJ.
Rodriguez was charged with the October 2014 sexual assault committed in Ventnor, NJ of a Ventnor child between the ages of 13 and 16, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
On April 2, 2015, Rodriguez was arrested without incident by detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ventnor Police Department at the County Prosecutor’s Office in Mays Landing, processed for the arrest, and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility, on $150,000 bail. Rodriguez posted bail 2 weeks later, and was released pending court.
The State alleged that Rodriguez used the smartphone application “Kik,” popular among children and young adults, to communicate with and arrange to meet the victim in Ventnor, where the crime was committed.
On February 16, 2016, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Rodriguez for 2 counts of Sexual Assault—2nd degree crimes, and 4 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child—3rd degree crimes, all of the criminal counts related to the October 2014 incident.
On Friday, March 31, 2017, Rodriguez was sentenced by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael J. Blee to 3 years of incarceration in New Jersey State prison, Megan’s Law registration, and parole supervision for life upon release.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer represented the State in the matter.
Anyone with information regarding child abuse or the exploitation of children in Atlantic County is asked to contact the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit at: (609) 909-7800.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1- 800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.