A Bronx man was sentenced to life behind bars Thursday afternoon after he was found guilty of molesting an 8-year-old Paterson girl, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.
Arcadio J. Nova, 41, of the Bronx, was sentenced by New Jersey Superior Court Judge Marilyn Clark for one count of first-degree kidnapping. A jury on July 27, 2015 found the New York man guilty of molesting the little girl.
Nova was installing satellite TV at the eight-year-old girl’s mother’s apartment on July 3, 2013. He sexually assaulted the then eight-year-old girl in the apartment’s stairwell while there.
The jury convicted Nova of one count of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, one count of second-degree luring or enticing a child, one count of second-degree sexual assault, and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, authorities said.
Authorities said Nova must register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and be placed on parole supervision for life. His sentence is 75 years with 85-percent required before parole eligibility.
Nova must serve 63 years and eight months before being eligible for parole, authorities said.