WOODBURY — Bail remained at $100,000 Friday for James Cole, 61, of Camden, on charges of sexually assaulting a child in Glassboro in January 2012.
Cole’s lawyer asked for a reduction to $50,000, saying there was “limited information” on the allegations, which the attorney said had been made by an ex-girlfriend and were three years old. “I’m not sure how strong the proofs are,” Cole’s lawyer said.
Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Dana Anton said her office “absolutely objects” to lower bail, stressing the complainant in the case was the State of New Jersey, not the former girlfriend. The case involves improper touching of an 8-year-old child and a sister of the victim was a witness, Anton said. Cole made a “full admission” of the offense, she said.
The charge preceded Cole’s current probation on a plea to theft by deception for failing to disclose he was receiving benefits form the Gloucester County Board of Social Services and the U.S. Veteran’s Administration simultaneously.
In denying the bail request, Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson said the likelihood of conviction on aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and child endangerment charges was “very high” as was the probability of a lengthy sentence.