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NJ Supreme Court reinstates sex assault conviction



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Monmouth County man convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl will have to serve his sentence after all.

New Jersey’s Supreme Court reinstated the conviction of the man, who is identified in court papers as A.R..

Thursday’s decision reverses an appeals court ruling that threw out A.R.’s conviction.

A jury found A.R. guilty of aggravated sexual assault and endangerment after his 9-year-old great-niece told authorities in 2007 that he touched her inappropriately while she was sleeping.

He appealed, claiming the jury shouldn’t have been able to re-watch his videotaped statement to police in the jury room during deliberations.

The state Supreme Court wrote Thursday that, while it has ruled previously that videotaped statements must be shown in open court, the error didn’t merit reversal of his conviction.