HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A former northern New Jersey police officer convicted of child endangerment has been sentenced to seven years in state prison.
Jeffrey Kimmel will also have to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and will be placed on lifetime parole once he’s freed. He was convicted of the charge in April by a Bergen County jury that also cleared him of child sexual assault charges.
Prosecutors claimed Kimmel fondled a 6-year-old girl in a relative’s home in 2010. The girl testified on her own behalf in the trial.
But the defense argued the girl’s “sketchy memory” meant Kimmel should be acquitted on both counts.
Kimmel has consistently denied the molestation charges. He had faced up to 10 years in prison on the child endangerment charge.
The Bergen Record reports the sentence imposed Friday will run consecutive to a six-year prison term the 49-year-old former Ramsey officer is serving for stealing more than $110,000 from his police union while he served as its treasurer.
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