SPARTA, NJ – The illegal immigrant from Honduras who admitted to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl at a Sparta Township farm in 2014 has been sentenced to three years in prison.
Adrian Bautista was sentenced Friday, March 18, in Superior Court in Sussex County, njherald.com reported. He’ll have to serve 85-percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.
Once his sentence is up, Bautista will likely be deported, the report said.
Bautista pleaded guilty in November 2015 to sexual assault in a plea deal from the state that dropped the child endangerment charge, as previously reported by Patch.
The crime occurred in June 2014 when Bautista was working on a farm with a 13-year-old girl who was doing chores inside a barn, a Sparta Police report stated.
Bautista engaged in sexual activity with the girl and left about 15 minutes later, Sparta Police Lt. John-Paul Beebe said. The girl alerted an adult family member about what happened and Bautista fled the scene when he realized police were on the way, Beebe said.
Officers from Sparta, Hardyston, Hamburg and the New Jersey State Police established a perimeter on Route 94 from the Hardyston Township border to the Lafayette Township line.
A Hamburg K-9 unit was also used to track Bautista, who eventually surrendered without incident on a residential street about a mile and a half from the farm at about 5:30 p.m., Beebe said.