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New York Man Sentenced to 11 Years for Sexual Assault and Witness Tampering

February 22, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announced on Friday, February 19, 2021, Jerry Shields, a 32 year old male from Port Jefferson, New York, was sentenced to 11 years in New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable Bernard E. DeLury, Jr., Presiding Judge of the Criminal Part.

This sentence was related to the July 13, 2018, sexual assault that occurred in Avalon, New Jersey and the joint investigation that was conducted by detectives from the Avalon Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.

Shields was indicted on January 22, 2019, on 2nd Degree Sexual Assault, two counts of 3rd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child and on November 26, 2019, Shields was also indicted on 1st Degree Witness Tampering and 4th Degree Contempt of a Court Order. Shields plead guilty to 1st degree Witness Tampering and 2nd degree Sexual Assault. Judge DeLury sentenced Mr. Shields to 7 years New Jersey State Prison must serve 3 and ½ years on the Witness Tampering and to a consecutive term of 4 years New Jersey State Prison on the Sexual Assault charge, which is subject to the No Early Release Act.

Prosecutor Sutherland stated his office will continue to work hand in hand with the local municipalities to aggressively investigate and prosecute violent crimes within the County and he would like to recognize the investigative efforts of the officers and detectives involved in this investigation along with Senior Assistant Prosecutor Julie Mazur who prosecuted this case.

Prosecutor Sutherland continues to urge the citizens of Cape May County to report information regarding any criminal activity within community and that this information can be reported anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriffs Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-889-3597, or the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135.