On Friday, January 17, 2020, Superior Court Judge Patrick Arre sentenced 65-year-old Oscar Castaneda of Guttenberg to 60 years in New Jersey State Prison on multiple charges related to the sexual assault of two minor female victims.
Castaneda will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence without the opportunity for parole subject to the No Early Release Act. Megan’s Law registration and Parole Supervision for Life were also imposed at the time of the sentencing.
The defendant was sentenced to 15 years in New Jersey State Prison for the Aggravated Sexual Assault of the first victim to run consecutive to a 45-year sentence for the Aggravated Sexual Assault of the second victim. Castaneda faced a longer sentence for the Aggravated Sexual Assault of the second victim since the acts occurred after the enactment of the Jessica Lunsford Act. Castaneda was also sentenced on the other charges for which he was found guilty, all to run concurrent.
On September 13, 2019, Castaneda was found guilty by a Hudson County jury of four counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault, two counts of Sexual Assault, two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, one count of Terroristic Threats, and one count of Simple Assault.
The jury found Castaneda guilty of all charges of sexually assaulting the two female victims. The first victim was sexually assaulted multiple times during the time frame of March 2004 through March 2010 when she was age six through age 11. The second victim was sexually assaulted multiple times during the time frame of November 2013 through April 2018 when she was age five through age 10.
The Honorable Patrick J. Arre, J.S.C. presided over the trial. The State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Karen Kazanchy.
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