A Jersey City music teacher has been found guilty of aggravated sexual assault. Henry Granderson a 63 year old man who ran the 676 music school out of his home, has been found guilty on sexually assaulting a now 11 year old girl who he was teaching. She was abused on January 5, 2013 and immediately went to police after that incident. The jury found him guilty of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. The victim originally said that when she went to his home for piano lessons he sexually assaulted her each time, and that he gave her money and food after the abuse. He will be going to court in December to face sentencing.
Under N.J.S.A. 2c:14-2a which is aggravated sexual assault. It involves the sexual penetration of a child. It involves coercing a child into sex, and it is a crime of the 1st degree. A defendant found guilty of a crime of the 1st degree is looking at 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison as well as being on the “NERA” list which makes them serve at least 85% of their sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Under N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4 is endangering the welfare of a child. It involves any person who has a legal obligation to care for a child and then engages in sexual conduct with that child. It is a crime of the 2nd degree due to the sexual abuse. A person if found guilty of a crime of the 2nd degree is looking at 5 to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
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