Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office

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                              *News Release*                 Date: July 29, 2013







Defendant remains incarcerated in wake of court ruling


          Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today that a New Brunswick man will remain imprisoned on sexual assault and burglary convictions, while a decision is made on whether he should be re-tried on charges of sexually assaulting two women in separate attacks that occurred more than 10 years ago.


          The announcement follows a decision today by the New Jersey Supreme Court, which overturned the convictions in 2006 of Bruce Sterling (DOB 8/3/70) on sexual assault charges arising from the attacks in New Brunswick on July 13, 2002, and June 9, 2003.


          “Despite the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn these convictions, the defendant will remain in prison for his convictions in the aggravated sexual assault of a woman during the course of a burglary in Edison on January 18, 2005, and the armed burglary of an apartment in North Brunswick on May 27, 2005,” Acting Prosecutor Carey said.


“It should be noted that the state Supreme Court affirmed those convictions, and as a result, the defendant will remain in prison for 40 years, with no chance of parole for 30˝ years,” Acting Prosecutor Carey said.


In the meantime, the victims in the two attacks in New Brunswick will be consulted before a decision is made on whether to re-try Sterling on those charges, which include counts of aggravated sexual assault, burglary and weapons offenses.