Powerball winner in NJ raped young girl for three years, prosecutor says
WAYNE — A man who won more than $300 million in the Powerball four years ago has been charged with sexually assaulting a young girl, the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office announced on Wednesday.
Pedro Quezada, 49, is being charged with assaulting a girl from the time she was 11 until she turned 14-years-old when he lived in Passaic, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes said.
According to Valdes, Quezada has been charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault, and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
This is not Quezada's first run-in with the law since he won the jackpot. That same year a warrant was issued for his arrest for owing $29,000 in child support. At that time he was the father of five children who ranged from 5 to 23 years old.
Inez Sanchez, a former girlfriend, also laid claim to part of the winnings, though Quezada said she was not entitled to any of the money because they were not married. His lawyer said in court at the time that he was almost out of money, having sent $57 million to the Dominican Republic, giving $5 million away, and buying a home. The lawsuit was eventually settled, with Quezada agreeing to not recover attorney's fees from the woman.
The first-degree charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and he will have to serve 85 percent of the sentence before parole. The second-degree sexual assault charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison with 85 percent to be served before parole. The second degree endangering the welfare of a child carries a maximum term of 10 years in prison. Quezada could also be subject to lifetime supervision under Megan's Law.
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