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††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* ††† ††††††Date: February 19, 2010

 

 

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Perth Amboy man sentenced to 22 years for assaulting child

 

††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that a Perth Amboy man was sentenced today to serve 22 years in prison for sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl on a number of occasions between September 2007, and January 2008.

 

††††††††† William Liik, (DOB 7/24/80) was sentenced to 15 years following his conviction on counts of aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault. Superior Court Judge Lorraine Pullen said he must serve 85 percent of the term before he can be eligible for parole.

 

In addition, the judge imposed a seven-year prison term for endangering the welfare of the child and ruled that penalty must be served consecutively to the sex assault convictions.

 

Judge Pullen, sitting in New Brunswick, also placed Liik on lifetime parole supervision and said he must register as a sex offender under Meganís Law.

 

The sentence was imposed after Liik, who worked as an electricianís apprentice, was convicted August 3, 2009.

 

During a trial that began on July 27, 2009, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Lynn Pilone presented evidence and testimony showing Liik sexually assaulted the girl in Perth Amboy on numerous occasions.

 

Liik was arrested and charged following an investigation by Detective Kevin Savoia, of the Perth Amboy Police Department, and Investigator Andreea Capraru, of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office.

 

The investigation began after a clergyman learned of the sexual assaults and contacted authorities.

 

A jury of eight men and four women deliberated about seven hours over two days before finding the defendant guilty.