Kearny man convicted of sex assault against child, HCPO says

A Kearny man has been convicted of a sexual assault against a child under 13 and he faces up to life in prison for his acts, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said today.

On Nov. 18, a Hudson County jury convicted Christian Silva, 25, of Kearny, on counts of aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault by contact with a child under the age of 13.

The jury found Silva guilty of sexually assaulting the victim, a girl, in a Union City residence. The jury deliberated for just around four hours before returning their guilty verdict.

At sentencing, slated for Feb. 11, 2022, Silva faces 25 years to life in state prison on the conviction, and he’s subject to 25 years of parole ineligibility. The convictions will also subject the defendant to registration under Megan’s Law and parole supervision for life.

Judge Vincent J. Militello presided over the trial and he will be responsible for sentencing Silva.

The state was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Barbara Drasheff of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit investigated this case with the assistance of the Union City Police Department.

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