MAYS LANDING- Miguel Vargas, 48, was convicted yesterday of 3 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and one count of Obstructing the Administration of Law following a 2 week-long trial, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on related Sexual Assault counts.
Vargas was arrested in December 2015, following a three-month long investigation by the Atlantic City Police Department and the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force. During the course of the trial, 3 of the 4 children who lived in his home testified to years of abuse and neglect, including long-term confinement and isolation, resulting in lasting injury and psychological harm. Vargas’s youngest child escaped from the home on September 13, 2015, initiating an investigation. Vargas subsequently fled the County with his family for several months until they were located on December 3, 2015 in Avon by the Sea.
Sentencing is scheduled for November 8.
The State is represented by Chief Assistant Prosecutor Danielle S. Buckley.
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