A judge in Hackensack said she will hold a special hearing to determine whether a decade-old rape case was tainted by a mugshot on CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
Authorities arrested Jose Augusto Masmela-Sarmiento was arrested on child sex abuse charges in March, 2012 after a local pediatrician contacted the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) to report that a girl had been touched inappropriately.
A story about the arrest was published, along with a mugshot, on the online news site.
A woman who saw the CLIFFVIEW PILOT story then contacted police and said he was the same man who sexually assaulted her in Cliffside Park while she was a teenager in May 2001.
STORY / PHOTO: Daily Voice Courthouse Reporter Mary K. Miraglia
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