Paterson man charged with 27 counts of sexual assault

 

A Paterson man has recently been on trial for sexually assaulting his five daughters over more than a decade . The man alleges that he received an apocalyptic vision that the world would end and he needed to create pure bloodlines by getting his daughters pregnant. His daughters apparently gave birth to a total of six children. The mother testified at trial that some of the babies were delivered at home and never received birth certificates. She also explained that on at least two separate occasions, babies died during the births and were secretly buried. The man faces five separate trials, one for each daughter and a total of 27 charges including aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, lewdness, child endangerment, aggravated criminal sexual contact and criminal sexual contact.

While this man has been ruled competent to stand trial, insanity is a defense in criminal charges in New Jersey. Under New Jersey law, a person is not criminally responsible for conduct if at the time of such conduct he was laboring under such a defect of reason, from disease of the mind as not to know the nature and quality of the act he was doing, or if he did know it, that he did not know what he was doing was wrong. Insanity is an affirmative defense which must be proved by a preponderance of the evidence. 2C:4-1. Evidence that the defendant suffered from a mental disease or defect is admissible whenever it is relevant to prove that the defendant did not have a state of mind which is an element of the offense. In the absence of such evidence, it may be presumed that the defendant had no mental disease or defect which would negate a state of mind which is an element of the offense. 2C:4-2.

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