A Liberian man who blamed his family for forcing him to plead guilty reluctantly admitted sexually assaulting his 16-year-old stepdaughter in 2015.
Family members were not in court Friday supporting Leon Nimley, 54, when he placed his hand on a bible in court and repeatedly asked it to “forgive” him, as if the religious book was animate, for pleading guilty “against my will” to a single count of sexual assault.
He is expected to spend five years in state prison, under terms of a negotiated plea agreement with prosecutors, and must serve four years and three months under the state’s No Early Release Act before he is eligible for parole.
Nimley admitted he knew the girl since she was an infant and she was under his care at the time of the sexual assault. He broke down crying while Judge Robert Billmeier went over the guilty plea with him.
Counts of endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact, brought against Nimley when his stepdaughter told police he repeatedly violated her, are being dismissed.
Billmeier on multiple occasions asked Nimley’s attorney to relay what his client said because of Nimley’s heavy accent. Nimley must register as a sex offender as part of his agreement with prosecutors.
After he finishes serving his state prison bid, Nimley will be deported to Liberia, where his attorney Thomas Numbar said his client fears being “injected with chemicals that will make him crazy.”
Nimbley is scheduled for sentencing on May 13. (Source: The Trentonian newspaper of Trenton, NJ).