Jury Finds Vinicio Orellana Guilty
Published on February 17, 2023
Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Robert McNally, and Mount Olive Township Chief of Police Stephen Beecher announce that a jury has found Vinicio Orellana, age 45, of Landing, New Jersey, guilty on all charges related to sexual contacts and Endangering the Welfare of a Child on September 27, 2020, in Flanders, New Jersey.
The jury returned a guilty verdict on February 16, 2023, following a three-day trial. The defendant was found guilty of three counts of fourth-degree Criminal Sexual Contact and one count of third-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child. A sentencing date is currently scheduled for March 24, 2023 before Judge Ralph E. Amirata, J.S.C.
The charges arose from an incident that occurred on September 27, 2020 in Mount Olive Township. Defendant touched a 16-year-old female victim on her intimate parts. The incident was reported to the Mount Olive Police Department on September 27, 2020.
Prosecutor Carroll would like to thank and acknowledge the agencies that participated in the investigation which led to the successful guilty verdict, including the Mount Olive Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor's Office Sex Crimes Child Endangerment Unit. The Prosecutor also credited the Trial Team: Assistant Prosecutor Jacqueline Marotta, Assistant Prosecutor Alexandra Pecora, MCPO Detective Jenna Powers, and MCPO Detective Lamar Hagans, with their professional and dedicated service. The Prosecutor further commended Detective Constantinos Pagonis and Det. Lt. Luis Sanchez of the Mount Olive Police Department, who were the lead investigators on this case, and Detective Juan Munoz and Detective Shawn Casey of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and MCPO Victim Witness Supervisor Amanda Holloway, along with all others who contributed to the investigation and successful prosecution in this case.
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