An elderly New Jersey man who admitted to sexually abusing a girl for more than a decade will not serve jail time after securing a plea deal with prosecutors, authorities said Wednesday.
Hal Sitt, 86, who committed aggravated third-degree criminal sexual contact, was instead sentenced to five years probation and ordered to register as a probationary sex offender for the rest of his life, according to Monmouth County prosecutors.
Monmouth County Chief Justice Jill O’Malley also ordered the child molester to pay the victim more than $134,000 in damages during the late July sentencing hearing.
Sitt, who was arrested in April 2021, inappropriately touched the girl and forced her to touch him at various times between 1997 and 2008, acting Monmouth County Attorney Lori Linskey said.
The abuse occurred at locations including Sitt’s home in Deal and a park in Ocean Township.
The settlement that kept Sitt out of jail was only reached after discussions with his victim, Linskey said.
“We hope the resolution of this case sends a clear message to perpetrators and victims alike: It doesn’t matter how long ago the abuse occurred or how old the defendant is now, such egregious crimes call for reckoning,” Linskey said in a statement .
The prosecutor said she hopes the conviction will offer a “small measure of comfort” to the victim, who was under the age of 18 at the time of the abuse.
Attempts to reach Sitt on Wednesday were unsuccessful. A message left with his attorney was not immediately answered.
Sitt, who is retired, first came into contact with the victim through his personal life, a spokesman for the Monmouth County Attorney’s Office told The Post.
Prosecutors routinely consult with victims before finalizing a plea agreement, the spokesman said.
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