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††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* †† †††††Date: August 3, 2009






Perth Amboy man convicted of sexually assaulting child



††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that a Perth Amboy man was found guilty today of charges of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl on a number of occasions between September 2007, and January 2008.


††††††††† William Liik, (DOB 7/24/80) of Perth Amboy, was convicted of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of the child.


††††††††† A jury of eight men and four women deliberated about seven hours over two days before finding the defendant guilty.


Liik, who worked as an electricianís apprentice, faces 10 to 20 years in a New Jersey state prison when he is sentenced November 2, 2009, by Superior Court Judge Lorraine Pullen at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.


Under the law, Liik will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he can become eligible for parole. In addition, he will be required to register as a sex offender under Meganís Law.


During a trial that began on July 27, 2009, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Lynn Pilone presented evidence and testimony showing Liik sexually assaulted the girl in Perth Amboy on numerous occasions.


Liik was arrested and charged following an investigation by Detective Kevin Savoia, of the Perth Amboy Police Department, and Investigator Andreea Capraru, of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office.


The investigation began after a clergyman learned of the sexual assaults and contacted authorities.