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Lacey Teen Sentenced to 8 Years for Sexually Assaulting 10-Year-Old

Outcome brings closure and justice to the victim and the victim's family, said Senior Assistant Prosecutor Laura Pierro

James R. McManus, 19, of Lacey Township was sentenced to eight years in state prison for the sexual assault of a minor.

McManus, , plead guilty to one county of sexual assault, second degree, Senior Assistant Prosecutor Laura Pierro said.

McManus was 16 at the time of the alleged crimes. The minor was 10 years old. He was originally being tried as a juvenile, but the case was waived up to adult court, according Pierro.

The crimes, which involve penetration of a child younger than 13, occurred over a two-year time period in 2009 and 2010 at family members' homes in Seaside Heights, Toms River and Lacey, she said. The defendant and victim were known to one another.

“It was allegations,” Pierro said of the case. “(McManus) gave a factual basis to engaging in acts of sexual contact and penetration with a child under the age of 13.”

The victim as well as the victim’s mother and father spoke at the sentencing, she said.

“I sought eight years. The defense attorney was arguing five,” she said. Judge Francis R. Hodgson Jr. decided on an eight-year prison term.

Pierro explained that there is a five- to 10-year window but the sentencing depends on a number of factors, part of which was based on a lack of priors.

McManus was indicted in July by an Ocean County grand jury. He was originally charged with five counts of aggravated sexual assault of a minor, sexual assault of a minor and endangering the welfare of a child.

Pierro said she was satisfied with the outcome and thought it brought closure and justice to the victim and the victim’s family. 

donald hinman June 26, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Brandon grow up this is a serious matter. The poor kid doesn't deserve jail. He will regret his actions as long as he lives. So bug off.
lister fiend June 26, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Why should brandon grow up according to u he is just a kid obviously the same age as mcmanus doesnt he need your guidance and wisdom not such harsh words
donald hinman June 26, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Your right Brandon is only a child. He may look for help also, and one day hopefully he can get the help he needs. I'm all for the youth of our nation. Try to show them how to be an adult. And to learn from their mistakes. Just like James.
myownkids June 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM
donald, sounds like you know McManus and you are just trying to defend what he did. And stop calling him a kid. He is 19. And once again, the last time something happened he was 1 month shy of 18. Old enough to fight for our country, old enough to be charged as an adult, old enough to go to jail.
lister fiend June 26, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Donald u treat this matter as a minor mistake that a child made he started at 16 and got caught at 18 old enough to know right from wrong not a confused kid a really screwed up man that should have gotten help a long time ago when he was a kid but unfortunately its too late now and unfortunately this had to happen if your old enough to vote and fight for our country your old enough to go to jail for the crime u committed it wasnt an isolated incident it happened over a couple of yrs if any of u out there actually know james they u know he is where he belongs
family member June 26, 2012 at 11:42 PM
yes it was justice....donald and "friends" you are obviously morons and should die in a fatal car accident while i look over your bodies going awww injustice........die..........story real easy started when he was 8 and his COUSIN was 14....yes you know better well except for donald and "friends"........so donald and "friends" tell me a child comes up to you and that child is 8...no no 10 and he says i wanna try sex pls help me with sex.....so according to you morons its ok to go right ahead and jam your genitalia in there anal area.....hmmmmmm no you tell them get away and tell there parents.......when the 8 year old is scared and manipulated and a pedophile sees this not only does the pedophile lie about everything but they take advantage of all routes.....so i hope that anyone thinks that an 8YEAR OLD taking it in the butt is ok then i hope you die a slow painful death and i hope im there to see it......to all others thank you for your support ..........
family member June 26, 2012 at 11:45 PM
oh yea ps. the patch does not have it wrong at all........he admitted to all of it at police station and in court so once again go die............
family member June 26, 2012 at 11:48 PM
im very sure he didnt......so die...........and to peopleannoyme he did it to a he not a her not that it matters either way.........so your are correct no he didnt want it
family member June 26, 2012 at 11:51 PM
yes it was justice....donald and "friends" you are obviously morons and should die in a fatal car accident while i look over your bodies going awww injustice........die..........story real easy started when he was 8 and his COUSIN was 14....yes you know better well except for donald and "friends"........so donald and "friends" tell me a child comes up to you and that child is 8...no no 10 and he says i wanna try sex pls help me with sex.....so according to you morons its ok to go right ahead and jam your genitalia in there anal area.....hmmmmmm no you tell them get away and tell there parents.......when the 8 year old is scared and manipulated and a pedophile sees this not only does the pedophile lie about everything but they take advantage of all routes.....so i hope that anyone thinks that an 8YEAR OLD taking it in the butt is ok then i hope you die a slow painful death and i hope im there to see it......to all others thank you for your support ..........
donald hinman June 27, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Again I don't think what happend was right. But there are always two sides of the story. And with gay marriage, sex on every channel, billboards of half dressed women and men, then where do you think a child finds role models. No where, society has made this happen. And now the poor kid will pay his debt to the same society which created this. How fair is that.......... It's not
myownkids June 27, 2012 at 12:14 AM
get him family member!!!!
family member June 27, 2012 at 12:58 AM
i think he has a mental problem....wait let me try this.......yes don you r right it is the billboards and the satanic music and the gays good job you figured it out lets tell the world..........
Tina Liberatore June 27, 2012 at 01:09 AM
This kid has had issues since he was a small child.
Original mill pond June 27, 2012 at 01:13 AM
EYE FOR AN EYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dirtbags raisin Dirtbags
donald hinman June 27, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Issues yes that he has. But issues that can be treated. But not while he's in jail. People have no clue anymore.
myownkids June 27, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Seriously, your talking gay marriage. Were talking about a 16 year old who molested a 9 year old. And continued to do it till he was 18 and only stopped because he got caught. And this is only one CHILD that finally spoke up. How do you know there weren't others. Please go find another page to spread your stupidity on. And just so you know. The 10 year old is now 13 and is very attracted to girls, so no he is not gay. IDIOT!!!
myownkids June 27, 2012 at 03:59 AM
you have no clue. Why don't you go tell the Judge what to do. There was evidence. He plead guilty. He confessed to everything on video after being read his miranda rights. In detail.
donald hinman June 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM
I can't believe how easy it is for some of you to just turn the other cheek when a kid that has made some bad choices in life needs help now more than ever. It makes me sick.
myownkids June 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Yet again, your trying to defend him. Not once did you say anything about the victim. How how needs help.
Chris L June 27, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Donald you make me sick. How can you defend a convicted child molester. He is a man convicted. He isnt a boy and i hope they tear up his butt in prison. And just for piece of mind, I hope we all realize what will happen to this MAN when he his prison mates find out he RAPED a CHILD. Donald what would he have to do in order for you to think he needed to be locked up? Rape and kill the child? rape 10 children? oh but he is just a confused teen, THAT KNOWS RAPE IS WRONG!
Laura June 27, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Omfg I cannot believe these ppl . seriously, Donald and friends need help . I had a baby when I was 19 . I knew damn well at 16, and even 10 that what McManus did was WRONG. I heard three kid was 8 though...doesn't matter either way but wow . That's all I can say. And someone said already that pedophilia is not something you can be treated for . So yea, try again Don and friends. By reading what you are posting it seems to me that you yourselves are pedophiles . Egh . It makes me nauseous to know there are ppl like you out there defending pedophiles while I have a beautiful 5 year old I would killfor if something like that happened to her . Disgusted . You are mental .
lister fiend June 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Family member my heart goes to u and dont let these sick people get to u and u and your lil guy r in my prayers hope all will be better for u and your family one day stay strong
donald hinman June 28, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Laura you have no compassion for kids. It really is sad. It's time for people to understand that helping others change makes us change into better people.
Lacey Resident June 28, 2012 at 05:36 PM
dh: you are full of it. If this happened to one of your kids, you would be out for blood. don't fool yourself.
Lacey Resident June 28, 2012 at 05:39 PM
You know you sound crazy. There is absolutely NO reason for ANYONE to MOLEST another person. NO REASON.
Lacey Resident June 28, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Boys will be boys, but young men of 16 shouldn't be molesting 10 year old kids. He needs to pay for his crime and yes it is a crime, and perhaps he will seek counsel for his mistakes. We will never know.
Lacey Resident June 28, 2012 at 05:44 PM
All family members are forever effected by this horrible situation. No one in these families will ever be the same. No one can point fingers, the 16 year old did something NO child should ever have to live with. He is paying the price now for the rest of his life as he should and his family will also.
Lacey Resident June 28, 2012 at 05:44 PM
agree agree agree
Lacey Resident June 28, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Family Member, this is a sad horrible situation for you. I could never imagine what tears you shed with your child when they told you what was going on... I know with your support, compassion, love and kindness the healing process will begin.
Laura June 29, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Um i'm one of the most compassionate ppl you could come across and my extensive network will tell you the same. I'm just not sick in the head like some people. And he's not a kid; get over it .

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