Atlantic City Attorney Convicted on Charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Child By Sexual Conduct
An Atlantic City attorney was convicted on Friday on charges of endangering the welfare of a child by sexual conduct.
Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said 59-year-old David Alcantara was tried on charges of endangering the welfare of a child by sexual conduct on a girl beginning when she was 10 years old in 2005. A jury return a guilty verdict about an hour after deliberations began.
The prosecutor's office began an investigation in 2012 when the victim told the police about the defendant’s sexual conduct toward her. Throughout the course of the trial, the State presented evidence showing that Alcantara repeatedly engaged in acts that included touching the child’s buttocks and repeatedly walking in on her in the shower.
In a press release, Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer said,
"The extent of the defendant’s sexual conduct directed at this young girl throughout this time frame was extremely disturbing. The victim who is now 22 is grateful for this verdict. We appreciate that these jurors were able to understand what this defendant did to this child."
Alcantara will remain in the Atlantic County Justice Facility until he is sentenced on February 22nd; he faces up to 10 years in state prison.