A Morristown man was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing two girls, one of whom he’s related to, authorities said.
Milton Argueta-Benitez, 45, was sentenced after pleading guilty April 29 to one count of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and one count second-degree sexual assault, Acting Morris Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp said.
Argueta-Benitez had originally been charged on a 35-count indictment with various sexual offenses involving the two victims, according to a release from Knapp.
Argueta-Benitez admitted to “numerous" sexual encounters with the victim while she was between 13 and 15 years old and "numerous acts of sexual contact with the second victim while she was under the age of 13," according to a release from Knapp. The acts of abuse happened over an eight-year span—between 1999 and 2007—in Dover, Randolph and Roxbury but were initially reported to Morristown Police.
Detective Marshall Wang of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit led the investigation.
Judge Gilson sentenced Argueta-Benitez to 20 years in State Prison subject to the No Early Release Act and he will be subject to parole and community supervision for life as well as registration pursuant to Megan’s Law.
Supervising Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Meg Rodriguez represented the State at the sentencing.
Acting Morris County Prosecutor Knapp thanked Police Chief Peter Demnitz and the Morristown Police Department, specifically Detective Keith Hudson and Sgt. Tyrone Jackson for their assistance at the beginning of the investigation, as well as the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit for the efforts resulting in today’s sentence.