Hackettstown Man Convicted of Sex Assault on Pre-Teen

Clinton Helmlinger could spend up to 25 years in state prison.

A former Hackettstown resident has been convicted of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to Warren County Prosecutor Thomas Ferguson.

Clinton Helmlinger, 29, was found guilty of the crimes, Ferguson said, which occurred between Jan. 1, 2001 and April 28, 2004.

Helmlinger engaged in sexual acts with the victim when the victim was less than 13 years old, Ferguson said. The assaults took place at a former residence of the defendant in Hackettstown, Ferguson said. The victim was also from Hackettstown, Ferguson said.

The conviction of aggravated sexual assault–a first-degree crime–carries a maximum term of imprisonment of up to 20 years in state prison, and a conviction of endangering the welfare of a child–a third-degree crime–carries a maximum term of imprisonment of up to five years in state prison, Ferguson said.

According to Ferguson, any sentence imposed for the aggravated sexual assault conviction is subject to the provisions of the No Early Release Act, which requires 85-percent of the sentence be served without eligibility of parole.

A sentence will be imposed by the presiding judge John F. Kingfield.

The investigation was conducted by Det. Hernani Goncalves of the Warren County Prosecutors Office with the assistance of Det. Aaron Perkins of the Hackettstown Police Department.

Helmlinger is currently lodged in the Warren County Correctional Center with no bail available pending his sentence, Ferguson said.

rusty corvair March 23, 2012 at 04:48 PM
The "No Early Release Act" requires 85% of the sentence to be served. Isn't that still early release?
Jon March 23, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Hopefully he will have a chance to feel what it's like to be on the receiving end of 40 months worth of aggravated sexual assaults while he is in the slammer, just like the 40 months of torture he dished out to his poor victim.
bonnie March 25, 2012 at 03:57 PM
he should be castrated as well as imprisoned with other sex offenders for life
PRM2012 May 19, 2012 at 09:38 PM
how do you even know what the story is? this could be just another under 18year old girl dating an over 18 year old guy, the parents find out and take it way out of hand. There might not be a "victim" at all. You guys are harsh for only getting one small side of the story with no details.
Alice Jameson May 19, 2012 at 11:42 PM
According to the article, “Helmlinger engaged in sexual acts with the victim when the victim was less than 13 years old.” If you don’t take issue with a 29 year old man preying on a 12 year old girl, you’re seriously disturbed.


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