Convicted in June of Sexually Assaulting 11-Year-Old Girl

 FREEHOLDAn Asbury Park man convicted in June of the 2014 sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in was sentenced Friday to 20 years in state prison, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Didier Villagra, 37, of Asbury Park, found guilty on June 7, 2017, of first degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, second degree Sexual Assault, and second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The verdict followed a 4-week trial before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge David F. Bauman, P.J.Cr.

Villagra was sentenced to 20 years in a New Jersey state prison on the Aggravated Sexual Assault charge, subject to the provisions of the No Early Release Act (NERA) requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole. The second count, of Sexual Assault was merged with the first count for sentencing purposes. Villagra would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison.

Additionally, Villagra was sentenced to a concurrent, 10-year state prison term for Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Additionally, based upon these convictions, Villagra will be required to register pursuant to Megan’s Law and be placed on Parole Supervision for Life.

The charges stem from an April 2014 incident in Asbury Park, when Villagra, a household member, entered the victim’s bedroom and sexually assaulted the young girl. The following morning, the victim reported the incident to her mother.

A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Victims Bureau and Asbury Park Police Department led to Villagra’s arrest on April 6, 2014.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutors Ellyn Rajfer and Stephanie Dugan.

The defendant was represented by Carlos Diaz Cobo, Esq., of New Brunswick.

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