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NJ Corrections Officer Facing Charges For Sex With Prostitutes Arrested Again For 2011 Rape

(credit: NJ Office of Attorney General)

(credit: NJ Office of Attorney General)

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TRENTON, NJ (CBS) – A New Jersey corrections officer who was arrested for allegedly stating he was a police officer in an attempt to coerce prostitutes into having sex with him for free (see previous story) is now facing an additional charge, thanks to new DNA evidence.

Juan R. Stevens, a 50-year-old senior corrections officer assigned to the Department of Correction’s Central Reception and Assignment Facility in Trenton, was arrested on March 21, 2013 on charges of second-degree sexual assault and third-degree criminal restraint for allegedly coercing at least four prostitutes into engaging in sexual acts with him for free.

Now, Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa says Stevens was arrested again on Thursday, April 25 after DNA he’d provided to State Police during his prior arrest yielded a match in the state’s CODIS system. Authorities say he sexually assaulted a woman on May 23, 2011 at a motel in Mansfield, Burlington County.

Stevens also allegedly wore a uniform and displayed a badge to the victim before using physical force to coerce the woman into both oral sex and sexual intercourse with him without a condom.

The woman later called the Mansfield Police Department to report she’d been raped and was taken to the hospital, where DNA evidence was taken that matched Stevens’.

Authorities say this is the first time the state of New Jersey has filed charges as a result of a DNA match against a suspect entered into the CODIS system under a new law requiring DNA samples to be taken from all those arrested for violent crimes.

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