A former Hackettstown resident has been convicted of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of criminal sexual contact, according to Warren County Prosecutor Richard Burke.
A jury found Clinton Helmlinger, 28, guilty of the three charges alleging that he engaged in acts of prohibited sexual contact between Aug. 2007 and Nov. 2007, Burke said.
The victim was between the ages of 13 and 16 at the time of the incidents, while Helmlinger was 10 years senior, Burke said. The assaults occurred at a residence in Hackettstown, and the victim was known to the defendant, Burke said.
Helmlinger was , according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.
Endangering the welfare of a child is a third-degree crime, and carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years in New Jersey State Prison. Criminal sexual contact, a fourth-degree crime, carries a maximum term of 18 months in prison. For this conviction, Helmlinger faces a maximum of three years in state prison.
Helmlinger is currently in custody of the Warren County Correctional Facility pending sentence.
Both trials were presided over by the Honorable John F. Kingsfield, J.S.C.
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