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Dover man gets 40 years in prison for kidnapping and sexual abuse

Dover man gets 40 years in prison for kidnapping and sexual abuse

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – The Morris County District Attorney’s Office has announced the sentencing of Jesse Meneses, 38, of Dover, New Jersey, to 40 years in prison following his conviction on multiple charges, including kidnapping and sexual assault. Acting District Attorney Maggie Calderwood, along with local law enforcement leaders, outlined the conclusion of the case, which stemmed from a series of crimes committed in 2021.

The Honourable Stephen Taylor imposed the sentence on 28 June 2024, during which he will be ineligible for parole under the No Early Release Act for approximately 32 years and 3 months. Meneses must also register under Megan’s Law and will be subject to Parole Supervision for Life.

On February 2, 2024, a jury found Meneses guilty on a slew of charges: two counts of first-degree kidnapping, three counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, three counts of second-degree aggravated sexual assault, three counts of third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, and several other charges, including terroristic threats and witness tampering.

The incidents that led to Meneses’ conviction occurred on September 5, 2021, when he sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend in his vehicle, transported her to multiple locations, and locked her up before she managed to escape and contact authorities. Following her escape and report, a detailed investigation was launched by the Dover and Randolph police departments, along with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes & Child Endangerment Unit.

To further complicate his case, between April and October 2022, Meneses attempted to influence the witness by communicating with family members about influencing the victim to change her testimony or retract her statements. This additional misconduct contributed to the severe sentences imposed by the court.