An Atco man who claimed to be “dating” an 11-year-old girl was given a five-year prison sentence Friday as a Megan’s Law sex offender.
Euno Roque-Guerrero, 27, previously admitted to one count of endangering the welfare of a child by sexual conduct.
As a result of the plea, he also forfeited a pharmacy technician registration and could be deported at the end of his sentence.
Roque-Guerrero has been jailed since Feb. 20, when Hammonton police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle int he rear parking lot of a shopping plaza at 85 S. White Horse Pike, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said.
Police found Roque-Guerrero and the 11-year-old inside the car.
Roque-Guerrero told police they were dating and that they were in the parking lot because they couldn’t go to either of their homes due to their age difference.
An investigation by Hammonton police and Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit Detective Dan Choe determined that Guerrero was in a dating relationship with the girl. Guerrero admitted having kissed and touched the buttocks of the juvenile.
After his sentence, he must register as a Megan’s Law offender and would be subject to lifetime oversight.