WOODBURY — William A. Garcia, 35, of Clementon, pleaded guilty April 23 to first-degree aggravated sexual assault and second-degree sexual assault, acknowledging he had sexual contact with a child under age 13 on multiple occasions between September and December 2005 when he was residing in Monroe Township.
In a negotiated plea, Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Alec Gutierrez will recommend that Garcia be sentenced to 13 years in New Jersey state prison on the first-degree charge and a concurrent five year term on the second-degree plea. The state’s No Early Release Act applies, requiring Garcia to serve 85 percent of his prison sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Superior Court Judge Kevin T. Smith accepted the guilty pleas and deferred setting a sentencing date until Garcia is evaluated at the state’s Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center, a facility for sex offenders in Avenel. The evaluation could result in a defendant serving a sentence at the center while undergoing treatment.
Garcia has been in jail in default of $150,000 bail since his arrest on July 2, 2013 after a disclosure by the child.