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Midland Park man admits molesting teen, takes 3-year plea deal

Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter
Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia
Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter

EXCLUSIVE: A Midland Park man is facing a three-year mandatory prison sentence — that a judge in Hackensack said could be extended — after admitting that he molested a 15-year-old acquaintance several times.

Gene W. Britton Jr., who turns 32 next month, pleaded guilty yesterday to touching the girl’s breasts and vagina under her clothes at someone else’s home this past February.

Gene W. Britton Jr. in court in Hackensack yesterday
(STORY / PHOTOS: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter)

In exchange for his plea, Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Kristin DeMarco said authorities were dropping a sexual assault charge and one count of impairing or debauching the morals of a child.

Superior Court Judge John A. Conte scheduled sentencing for March 24. Britton, meanwhile, remains held on $5,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail.

As part of his sentence, he will have to be evaluated at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Avenel, not have contact with the victim and register as a sex offender for life under Megan’s Law.

He also could remain confined longer than the three-year prison term if he’s deemed a risk to be a repetitive or compulsive offender, Conte said.

DeMarco told the judge that the girl’s family, who’s been in constant contact with her, was satisfied with the outcome.

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