Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Man Gets 10 Years for Sex Assaults

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Man Gets 10 Years for Sex Assaults

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A judge on Friday chastised a Glen Rock man for his lack of remorse when she sentenced him to 10 years in prison for repeatedly sexually assaulting a Bergenfield girl.

Abelardo Ramirez, 48, of Glen Rock, who is married with a young child, told Judge Frances McGrogan that "it's very painful that I find myself here."

Through a Spanish interpreter, he told the court, "I'm very sorry for this whole situation that's happening. And I ask God that he enlighten Your Honor and everyone that's here to make the best decision."

Ramirez has been free on $250,000 bail since his arrest two years ago for aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault of a minor, aggravated criminal sexual contact, endangering the welfare of children and criminal sexual contact.

In March, he accepted a plea deal in which he admitted his guilt to first-degree aggravated sexual assault. Under the terms of the agreement, the state recommended that he be sentenced in the second degree to 10 years in state prison. He will be subject to Megan's Law and lifetime parole, and he must serve 85 percent of his time before being eligible for parole.

"It's interesting to hear what the defendant said because I didn't hear anything about any remorse or feeling sorry for what he did to ... the victim," Assistant Prosecutor Kristin DeMarco said. "What I heard was it's very unfortunate that he's here.

Ten letters submitted on the defendant's behalf by people who know him said how sorry people were about what's happening to him and his wife and how they have suffered, DeMarco said.

"Clearly these people know little to nothing about the defendant if we have an individual who ... indicates he is 'the salt of the earth.' That's an extremely distorted version of what the defendant truly is and the self that he exhibited to [the victim] from when she was extremely young," DeMarco said. …

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