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.
NJ.com 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.”
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Defense attorney Dan Rybeck said his client would seek admission to a county labor service program on weekends.
Information from: NJ.com, http://www.nj.com