Egg Harbor City Man Sentenced on Sex Assault and Endangering


MAYS LANDING – A 60-year-old Egg Harbor City man was sentenced by Judge Donna Taylor today to an aggregate 17 years in New Jersey State Prison for the 1996 aggravated sexual assault and 2003 endangerment of two Atlantic County children.

Brian L. Avis, who had no previous criminal history, pled guilty to the offenses on June 6, 2022.

The sentence imposed calls for 12 years for the Aggravated Sexual Assault and five years for Endangering the Welfare of a Child by Sexual Conduct. The sentences must be served consecutively. Avis is also subject to Megan’s Law and Community Supervision for Life.

“In all cases the decision whether to enter into a plea agreement depends on the strength or weakness of the evidence in consultation with the victim. In these cases, however, the State was constrained by the laws that existed at the time of the offense. Since 1996, the Legislature has greatly enhanced the penalties for sexual offenses involving children. If committed today this defendant would have faced the potential for much more severe consequences. For more than two decades the victims and their families have waited to know who did this. They may never know why Brian Avis chose them, but today, at a minimum, they have a degree of closure and a measure of justice,” said Chief Assistant  Prosecutor John Flammer who represented the State.

“These cases were considered ‘cold cases’ with little to no leads as to the suspect’s identity,” said Flammer. Detectives from the City of Brigantine and the New Jersey State Police Cold Case Unit  renewed efforts in 2021 utilizing new technologies and investigative methods to develop a suspect culminating in the arrest of Avis for the sexual assault of a 10-year-old Brigantine girl. Once in custody, Avis’s fingerprints were soon linked to a similar 2003 incident involving a five-year-old girl that occurred in Galloway Township.”

“Today’s sentencing is the result of the diligent detective work by the members of our Cold Case Unit and our law enforcement partners who utilized modern day technology to bring these cases to a successful conclusion,” said Colonel Patrick J.  Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “The investigators never wavered in their efforts to achieve this sentence and bring justice to the victims.”

Both victims and family  members were present at sentencing. One victim told the Court and Avis that his actions have caused her lifelong emotional trauma. The defendant apologized to both victims. The cases were investigated by the City of Brigantine and Galloway Township Police Departments, the New Jersey State Police Cold Case Unit and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is 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/forms/tips-crime-reporting/ 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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