Jersey City pastor convicted of sexual assault

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Jersey City pastor convicted of sexual assault

On Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, Orlando Martinez-Chavez, 48, of Jersey City, was convicted of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child following a full day of trial testimony, according to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

The jury deliberated for approximately three hours before returning its guilty verdict to the two-count indictment.

Martinez-Chavez was a pastor at the Iglesia Pentecostal Lirio de los Valles church on Summit Avenue in Jersey City when he sexually assaulted a 10-year old female member of the church in 2013, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

Martinez-Chavez faces up to 10 years in state prison for the sexual assault conviction and must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

He also faces five years on the endangering the welfare of a child conviction.

The conviction will subject Martinez-Chavez to registration under Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for life.

Judge Patrick J. Arre presided over the trial. Martinez-Chavez is scheduled to be sentenced on December 13.

The state was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Angela Gingerelli Cunningham.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit investigated the case.

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