Crime

Man Who Raped, Impregnated 12-Year-Old Gets 20 Years (Photos)

| by Lauren Briggs

A New Jersey court sentenced a 50-year-old man on May 19 to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting and impregnating a 12-year-old girl.

Jose Anthony Caracciolo pleaded guilty in September 2014 to first-degree aggravated sexual assault, which prosecutors said he committed in July 2012 under the alias of "Joe Crillo," according to NJ.com. Caracciolo reportedly traveled from New York to New Jersey and then to Pennsylvania to sexually abuse the girl.

The sex offender is also serving 25 years for taking the girl out of state to have sex with her, after the FBI charged the man with traveling in interstate commerce for for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. 

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He was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

In 2013, police received a report that the preteen girl had been sexually assaulted in her father's home. At the time, she was nine months pregnant.

Local police, the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force all teamed up with the "Innocence Lost" Task Force from the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office to look into the issue of her pregnancy. At the time, they intercepted phone calls between Caracciolo and the girl, when they heard the then-48-year-old admit that he was the father of the baby and was worried that her parents would learn what happened when they saw the text messages that the two exchanged with each other.

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In the 1990s and early 2000s, Caracciolo traveled across the country and is believed to have lived in various locations in California, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Virginia. Caracciolo also used the aliases "Joseph Grillo" and "Tony Gallardo" and is a registered sex offender, though he has been in violation of the registration requirements since August 2005, notes Crimes Against Children. He has also said in the past that he was a chef, pediatric dentist, electrician's assistant, salesperson and business owner and that he suffered from cancer.

Caracciolo could be eligible for parole in a minimum of 17 years under Megan's Law, notes NJ.com.

New Jersey law requires those convicted of certain first- or second-degree crimes to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences before they can be released on parole, notes Bramnick Law. Called the No Early Release Act, or "NERA," eligible crimes include murder, kidnapping, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, robbery, vehicular homicide and aggravated arson.

Sources: NJ.com (2, 3), Bramnick Law, Crimes Against Children / Photo credit: Sex Offender Registry via Daily Mail, FBI via Daily Mailmeesh/Flickr

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