An Asbury Park man has been found guilty by a Monmouth County Jury after he sexually assaulted a child under the age of 12-years old for several years, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago.

An investigation began by Asbury Park Police and then along with the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Bureau in the summer of 2021, law enforcement learned that 38-year-old Julian B. Hart -- a sex offender at the time as well under Megan's Law and under Parole Supervision for Life -- had repeated incidents between September 27, 2014 and December 16, 2015 where he sexually abused the child who was under the age of 12-years old.

Prison cell at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media New Jersey)
Prison cell at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media New Jersey)
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Hart was arrested and charged that August and indicted last October leading to the guilty verdict by a jury this month for first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, second-degree Sexual Assault, third-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child and third-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for the Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Materials.

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If you have any knowledge or information on Hart's crimes or related activity, you're asked to call Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Joseph Pahopin at 800-533-7443 or Asbury Park Police Detective James R. Crawford at 732-774-1300.

(Photo Courtesy: Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)
(Photo Courtesy: Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)
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Hart is scheduled to be sentenced on April, 28, 2023, where he'll face a sentence of up to life in prison and again be subject to Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for Life.

Prosecutor Santiago said that the case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Stephanie Dugan and that Hart is represented by Michael Kuhns, Esq., of Lawrence Township.

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