RUTHERFORD, N.J. — "Not a day goes by that I don't remember,” a teenager told a judge in Hackensack who sentenced a security guard to a year in the county jail for sexually assaulting the boy as he slept in a Rutherford hotel room during a class trip.
”This will never be over for me, no matter where I go or what I do," said the victim, now 18, as Jose Olivares watched with his attorney from the defense table.
Olivares, 27, of Jersey City, was working security at the hotel when he hung out with the group of upstate New York teens staying there after a day in Manhattan in September 2013.
Two months ago, he admitted that that he gave the then-16-year-old boy oral sex as he slept overnight.
“When you think of a school field trip to Little Italy, you think about good food, fun, and friends," the Syracuse, NY victim told Superior Court Judge Margaret M. Foti. "Sexual assault is the furthest thing from your mind.
“I was preyed on in a most vulnerable moment, and it has made me question everything I thought to be good and true.”
Olivares apologized to the victim and his family.
“I was dealing with a lot of stress and my judgment was extremely poor,” he said.
Olivares pleaded guilty to criminal sexual contact in exchange for 364 days in jail -- not prison -- as well as two years probation.
Foti also ordered him to comply with Megan’s Law registration and reporting and Nicole’s Law, permanently prohibiting him from contact with the victim or his family.
He’ll also remain on parole supervision for life, must submit a DNA sample and must undergo a psychiatric evaluation and follow-up services.
Defense lawyer S. Emile Lisboa pleaded for leniency based on Olivares’ “profound and deep remorse,” and a hardship due to his father’s chronic medical condition.
Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Dion Findley objected, noting that Olivares got considerable leniency when he was allowed to plead to reduced charges.
“The original charge was sexual assault with force," which was "very serious," Findley said.
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