A New Jersey man was sentenced to five years in prison after police discovered he was “dating” his 11-year-old relative.
Police say they found Euno Roque-Guerrero, 27, with the girl in his car behind a shopping plaza in Hammonton on Feb. 20, NJ.com reports.
When confronted, Roque-Guerrero confessed he had kissed the minor in the parking lot as “they couldn’t go to their homes because of their age difference,” the Courier Post reports.
Roque-Guerrero later admitted he had also touched the girl’s buttocks.
In July 2017, Roque-Guerrero pleaded guilty to child endangerment and forfeited his pharmacy technician registration as part of the plea deal.
He will also be subject to Megan’s Law registration, sex-offender evaluation and parole supervision for life. Roque-Guerrero may also face possible deportation after he leaves prison, although it is not clear to which country.
News of Roque-Guerrero’s sentence provoked controversy. Some thought his punishment was too lenient.
“5 years is not enough,” wrote one person in NJ.com’s comments section.
“Why jail him just deport him!” commented another.
Others saw things differently.