On March 29, 2019, Jonathan Gadola, 68, of Vineland, NJ, was sentenced by the Honorable Michael Silvanio, J.S.C. to eighty (80) years New Jersey State Prison with fifty (50) years of parole ineligibility pursuant to the Jessica Lunsford Act.  The sentencing was the result of the guilty verdict at trial in August of 2018, where the jury found the defendant guilty of two (2) counts of First Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, two (2) counts of Second Degree Sexual Assault, two (2) counts of Third Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and two (2) counts of Fourth Degree Lewdness.  The defendant was also sentenced to the registration requirements of Megan’s Law, as well as Parole Supervision for Life.

The charges stem from incidents that occurred on September 26, 2016 when the defendant sexually assaulted two (2) juvenile victims under the age of thirteen.

The investigation was conducted by Vineland City Police Detective Michael Fransko and Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Cara Kahn.  The matter was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Price-Furfari and Assistant Prosecutor Leah Traub.  James Leonard, Jr., Esquire, represented the defendant.

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