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Press Release - Sentencing of Craig Lassiter

Release Date: March 13, 2019

March 12, 2019
     Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the sentencing of Craig Lassiter, who appeared before the Honorable Thomas J. Critchley, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on February 21, 2019.
     Craig Lassiter, age 35, of Middletown, NY, was sentenced to eighteen (18) years State Prison with eighteen (18) years parole ineligibility pursuant to the Lunsford Act for two (2) counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault which occurred in Wantage Township, NJ on September 18, 2017.  He was given credit for 518 days served. He also must have no contact with the victims or the victims’ families, and pay all mandatory fines and fees. At his release, he will be required to register under Megan’s Law and will be supervised under Parole Supervision for Life. 
     In addition, Lassiter was sentenced to ten years State Prison for one count of Burglary which also occurred in Wantage Township, NJ on September 18, 2017.  The sentence was ordered to run concurrent to the Sexual Assault sentences.
     He pled guilty on October 30, 2018, to two (2) counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault (a first degree crime) and one (1) count of Burglary (a second degree crime). Lassiter admitted to committing multiple acts of sexual assault against two (2) children under the age of sixteen while committing Burglary.  The matter was investigated by the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey State Police.  
     Defendant was represented by Elizabeth H. Smith, Esq. and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Laura L. Nazzaro.