MAN SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON FOR ENDANGERING WELFARE OF A CHILD BY SEXUAL CONDUCT


MAYS LANDING— A Mullica Township man was sentenced to New Jersey state prison after pleading guilty to Endangering the Welfare of a Child by Sexual Conduct, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill announced.

Anthony J. Perona, 68, was sentenced on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, to 3 years New Jersey State prison before Honorable Bernard Delury, Jr. P.J. Cr.

Anthony J. Perona

Perona pleaded guilty to Endangering the Welfare of a Child by Sexual Conduct on August 2, 2021. Perona’s guilty plea came shortly after a jury trial on several related charges and which resulted in a hung jury.

Pursuant to Perona’s plea he acknowledged engaging in sexual conduct with a juvenile female known to him which would tend to impair or debauch her morals. The conviction also subjects the defendant to Parole Supervision for Life, Sex Offender registration pursuant to Megan’s Law and also be subject to a Sex Offender Restraining Order, prohibiting any form of contact with the juvenile victim.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer represents the state in this matter.

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Anyone with information involving any serious crimes are asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

 

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