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North Arlington cemetery worker convicted of molesting girl

Photo Credit: Judge Guida): Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter

EXCLUSIVE: A former North Arlington cemetery worker must remain under house arrest with a monitoring bracelet until he is sentenced on Jan. 10 for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl seven years ago, a judge in Hackensack ruled.

Following a bench trial last week, Superior Court Judge James J. Guida convicted 44-year-old John Minervini of three second-degree counts: touching the girl’s breasts, touching her vagina through her clothing and impairing the morals of a minor.

Guida then ordered Minervini, who’d been free on $100,000 bail, to remain under house arrest with the bracelet until sentencing.

Minervini was arrested by members of the North Arlington Police and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit a little over a year ago, after the girl’s family contacted police. He immediately made bail and was released.

Minervini, who was married at the time, worked at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.

PHOTO (Judge Guida): Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter

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