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Bergenfield nurse with HIV gets 4 years in prison for raping 14-year-old boy

Photo Credit: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Photo Credit: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

EXCLUSIVE: An HIV-positive Filipino nurse from Bergenfield was sentenced to four years in state prison for having unprotected oral and anal sex with a 14-year old boy he met online.

Roland L. Densen, 39, agreed to the sentence as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors.

He’d have received a much harsher sentence if convicted at a trial, Superior Court Judge James J. Guida told him.

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Densen pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault, a third-degree offense, in connection with the incidents, which prosecutors said occurred over a two-month span in the spring of 2012. Authorities arrested Densen in Paramus that May.

His attorney, Marc Sabin, asked the judge to “temper justice with mercy” for his client and sentence him to less time, but Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Demetra Maurice said the prosecution had already shown mercy in making the plea offer, partially to spare the victim and his family the ordeal of a trial.

Guida agreed.

Densen, of West Church Street in Bergenfield, is a native of the Philippines and has worked as a nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital.

He was originally charged with second-degree sexual assault, third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and third-degree sexual penetration by a diseased person.

STORY: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter. (MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)

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