Saturday, May 20, 2017

NY Man Sentenced 20-years for Sexual Assault of 12-year-old Girl

MAYS LANDING – A New York City man—who was registered in the State of California as a sex offender at the time he committed the crime—was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2012 sexual assault of a 12-year-old Atlantic County girl, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
In April of 2013, the Egg Harbor Township Police Department was alerted to the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl that occurred in July of 2012.
A man by the name of Joe Crillo was identified as the perpetrator of the assault. Police determined the name to be an alias.
Following a joint investigation conducted by the Egg Harbor Township Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, and members of the “Innocence Lost” Task Force from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was identified as Joseph Anthony Caracciolo, then 48-years-old, of the 200 block of West 119th Street, New York City.

Caracciolo was charged with the crime, and on Aug. 28, 2013, detectives from local, county and federal agencies located and apprehended Caracciolo in New York City.
During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that the defendant had crossed state lines traveling from New York to New Jersey and then transported the minor from New Jersey to the Poconos in Pennsylvania in order to engage in illegal sexual conduct with her.
On Sept. 17, 2013, the FBI also charged Caracciolo in this case with the federal crime of traveling in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. Caracciolo was sentenced for the crime on March 10, 2017 in U. S. District Court to 25 years in federal prison.
On Oct. 30, 2013, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted the defendant on charges of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
On September 10, 2014, Caracciolo pled guilty before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Kyran Connor to Aggravated Sexual Assault, a 1st degree crime.
Today, Friday, May 19, 2017, Atlantic County Judge Patricia M. Wild sentenced Caracciolo, now 50, to 20 years of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison. Pursuant to the No Early Release Act (NERA), Caracciolo must serve 85% of the sentence—17 years—before becoming eligible for parole. In addition, upon release Caracciolo will be subject to parole supervision for life, and Megan’s Law registration.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer, who represented the State in the matter, said, “Thanks to the coordinated efforts of police officers and investigators of the Egg Harbor Township Police Department, the FBI, the U. S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office, and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, this self-described lifelong con-man was finally brought to justice. Today’s sentence will bring a measure of closure to the victim’s family.”

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.


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