TRENTON, NJ (The Trentonian) – Edgar Mendoza, 29, of Guatemala, is serving 12 years in state prison for breaking into a Trenton residence and then sexually assaulting a helpless child victim inside the house. Mendoza unlawfully entered the Bayard Street home in Trenton’s Chambersburg neighborhood on Sept. 19, 2017, molested a 6-year-old girl in her bedroom and escaped from the second-floor window after the child’s father found Mendoza in bed with the victim.
After Mendoza jumped out of the window about 1:30 a.m., the father called police and provided a description of the pedophile. Detectives from the Trenton Police Street Crimes Unit later found Mendoza, and the child’s parent positively identified Mendoza as the perpetrator. Mendoza was residing in Trenton as an illegal immigrant. His undocumented status may explain why authorities have multiple dates of birth listed under his State Bureau of Identification or SBI number.
The New Jersey Department of Corrections currently identifies Mendoza as a 29-year-old born in 1989. Mendoza, also known as Edgar O. Medoza-Guerra and Edgar Gutierrez-Mendoza, may have been born in 1985 or 1990 if he was not born in 1989, court records show.
Mendoza was jailed without bail on pretrial detention.
A grand jury handed up an indictment on Dec. 15, 2017, charging him with first-degree aggravated sexual assault on a victim under 13, first-degree sexual assault during a burglary, second-degree sexual assault on a victim under 13, second-degree burglary, and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child through sexual conduct. Mendoza pleaded guilty on March 12 to one count of second-degree sexual assault on a child victim under 13 and one count of second-degree burglary.
Mercer County Superior Court Judge Anthony Massi sentenced Mendoza last month to 12 years of incarceration. He is currently locked up at South Woods State Prison and is scheduled to be released Dec. 1, 2027, which accounts for 388 days of jail credit. Under the prison sentence, Mendoza will serve six years for the burglary and will then serve six more consecutive years for the sexual assault, records show.
The child endangerment and aggravated sexual assault charges against Mendoza were dismissed at his sentencing hearing last month in accordance with his plea bargain. He was represented by public defender Jessica Lyons.