For Immediate Release - February 02, 2012

Salem Man Sentenced to State Prison for Child Rape

Judge Douglas Wilkins sentenced Jesus A. Najaro, 40, to 8 to 10 years in state prison followed by 5 years probation on child rape and indent assault and battery charges today in Salem Superior Court.  A jury found Najaro guilty of two counts of child rape, two counts of indecent assault & battery on a child under 14 and two counts of indecent assault & battery on a person 14 or over yesterday.

Assistant District Attorney Karen Hopwood proved that Najaro had commited repeated acts of rape and indecent assault & battery on a child over a period of three years.  In her sentencing argument, Hopwood stated that the crime was particularly heinous because Najaro exploited his position of trust with the victim to commit the acts. 

Upon release, Najaro will be required to register as a sex offender, complete a sex offender treatment program, will be monitored by GPS and must stay away from and have no contact with the victim or her family.

Hopwood thanked Salem Police Department and Essex Victim Witness Advocate Kimberly O’Rourke for their help. 

Najaro was represented by Attorney Joseph Collins.