Man Found Guilty of Kidnapping and Aggravated Sexual Assault
Published on February 06, 2024
Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Robert M. McNally, Dover Chief of Police Jonathan Delaney, and Randolph Chief of Police Will Harzula announce that a jury has found Jessie Meneses, 37, formerly of Dover, New Jersey, guilty on all charges related to kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault that occurred on September 5, 2021, in Randolph, Victory Gardens, and Dover.
The jury returned a guilty verdict on February 2, 2024, following a six-day trial. The defendant was found guilty of two counts of first-degree Kidnapping, three counts of first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, three counts of second-degree Sexual Assault, three counts of third-degree Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, three counts of fourth-degree Criminal Sexual Contact, one count of third-degree Terroristic Threats, one count of third-degree Conspiracy to Commit Witness Tampering and third-degree Witness Tampering.
A sentencing date has been scheduled for March 8, 2024, before the Honorable Stephen J. Taylor, P.J. Cr. The defendant will remain in custody until that time. At sentencing, the Kidnapping, Aggravated Sexual Assault and Sexual Assault convictions are subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA), which make the defendant ineligible for parole until he has served 85% of the sentence imposed.
The charges arose from an incident that occurred on September 5, 2021, in Randolph, wherein the defendant sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend in his vehicle. Additionally, he transported and confined her from Randolph, through Victory Gardens, and ultimately to Dover, where she was able to escape and report Meneses to the police. Members of the Dover and Randolph Police Departments and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes & Child Endangerment Unit investigated the incident after being notified of the victim’s disclosure. On or between April 1, 2022, through October 5, 2022, Meneses communicated with family members about contacting the victim to have her change her version of events or withdraw the criminal action.
Prosecutor Carroll would like to thank and acknowledge the agencies that participated in the investigation which led to the successful guilty verdict, including the Dover Police Department, the Randolph Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Department, and the Morris County Prosecutor's Office Sex Crimes & Child Endangerment Unit. The Prosecutor commended Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Reema Sethi Kareer and Assistant Prosecutor Samantha Polizzi, Detective Raquelin Perea, Detective Supervisor Lydia Negron, SART/SANE Coordinator Alexis Rachel, and all others who contributed to the investigation and successful prosecution in this case.
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