Man found guilty of burglary, attempted sexual assault

A25-year-old Red Bank man was tried on charges of burglary and attempted aggravated sexual assault, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Reyes Lozano-Lozano was convicted by a Monmouth County jury in Freehold Jan. 31 of second-degree burglary and second-degree attempted aggravated sexual assault in connection with the 2006 crimes, according to a Feb. 1 press release from the Prosecutor’s Office.

Lozano is scheduled to be sentenced March 14 by state Superior Court Judge Edward M. Neafsey; both crimes carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison with an 85 percent period of parole

ineligibility pursuant to the No Early Release Act, according to the release.

The conviction of attempted aggravated sexual assault also requires the defendant to register as a sex offender pursuant to Megan’s Law and subjects him to parole supervision for life, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

“The victim and her sister both spoke only in Spanish and testified through the assistance of interpreters. This case is another example of how this office is committed to bringing defendants to justice and protecting victims in every culture of the community located in Monmouth County,” said Monmouth County Prosecutor Luis A. Valentin in the press release.

Neafsey heard evidence during the weeklong trial that on May 26, 2006, Lozano entered the victim’s residence at about 4:30 a.m., according to the press release.

Lozano then entered her bedroom, and began to sexually assault the victim, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

The victim woke up and attempted to push Lozano off her, but Lozano grabbed her by the wrists and held her down, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

T he victim cried out for help and her

sister, who slept in the same room in another bed, woke up and turned on the light, surprising Lozano, who then fled the scene, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

Both the victim and her sister recognized Lozano because he was the husband of the victim’s friend, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

Red Bank police Lt. Michael Clay led the investigation, which resulted in the arrest of Lozano at his place of work later that morning, according to the press release.

At the trial Lozano claimed he was only going to the victim’s apartment to ask if she wanted to have a cup of coffee with him, the press release said.