Asbury Park Man Gets Over 17 Years in Jail for Sexual Crimes on Minors
Asbury Park resident Walter Orlando Perez-Ramos has been sentenced to 17 years and six months in prison after being found guilty at trial of sexually assaulting two juvenile siblings over several years. The case was prosecuted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, with Perez-Ramos required to serve at least 85% of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole under New Jersey’s No Early Release Act (NERA). The provisions were set down during a sentencing hearing before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Jill G. O’Malley.
Police were initially alerted to the abuse of the two victims on May 3, 2021. An investigation by members of the Asbury Park Police Department found that the abuse involved dozens of incidents between May 2015 and May 2020, each one involving inappropriate touching. Perez-Ramos was arrested in May 2021 and remained in custody at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI).
Following a week-long trial before Judge O’Malley, Perez-Ramos was convicted on two counts of second-degree Sexual Assault, two counts of third-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and a single count of fourth-degree Criminal Sexual Contact. During the sentencing hearing on Friday, Judge O’Malley also ruled that Perez-Ramos would have to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and be subject to Parole Supervision for Life upon his release.
The case was handled by the MCPO Special Victims Bureau Director Danielle Zanzuccki, with Perez-Ramos represented by George J. Mardinly, Esq. It comes as part of a wider drive in the state of New Jersey to increase penalties for sexual assault offenses and better protect victim’s rights.