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CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey police officer accused of fathering a child with a girl when she was 15 has been spared jail time in a plea deal. reports that a Camden County judge on Friday sentenced 33-year-old Rafael Martinez Jr. to five years’ probation as he entered a plea to endangering the welfare of a child.

Prosecutors said the teenager told a social worker after giving birth in August at Cooper University Hospital in Camden that Martinez was the father, a finding later confirmed with DNA evidence.

Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Grace MacAulay said Martinez said the girl told him that she was 18, an explanation she called “inexcusable and unacceptable.”

Defense attorney Dan Rybeck said his client would seek admission to a county labor service program on weekends.


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