Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato announced guilty verdicts in the trial of State v. Christopher Barclay, 40, of Eatontown. The jury returned the verdicts yesterday (3/8) afternoon.
On February 23, 2017, Detective Alex Bromley, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, and Detective Jennifer Grob, Toms River Township Police Department, charged Christopher Barclay with Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The victim previously disclosed to the police multiple incidents of sexual abuse occurring in Toms River, Berkeley, and Woodbridge Township. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department in Sterrett, Alabama ultimately placed the defendant under arrest.
On April 7, 2017, the Honorable Barbara Villano detained the defendant without bail.
On March 8, 2018, an ocean county jury convicted the defendant of Aggravated Sexual Assault, a first-degree crime, sexual assault, a second-degree crime, and endangering the welfare of a child, a second-degree crime for incidents occurring in Toms River Township on diverse dates between the years 2005 and 2006. Barclay was also convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child for incidents occulting in Berkeley Township on diverse dates between the years 2006 and 2010. Defendant was further convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child for incidents occurring in Woodbridge Township on diverse dates between the years 2010 and 2012.
Ocean County Senior Assistant Prosecutor Christine Lento prosecuted the case. Detective John Dotto, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Unit, also assisted in the investigation. Defendant was continued on a no bail status pending sentencing. The defendant will be sentenced under the “Jessica Lunsford Act” which requires the Court to impose a custodial sentence of between twenty-five years and life for the first-degree sexual assault conviction, of which the defendant must serve a minimum of twenty-five years before being considered for parole eligibility. Defendant is facing 5 to 10 years, subject to the No Early Release Act, on each of the Sexual Assault charges, and 5 to 10 years on each of the endangering the welfare of a child charges. Defendant will also be subject to Meghan’s Law, parole supervision for life and Nicole’s law. The Honorable James Blaney, J.S.C. presided over the case.