Winner of $338 Million Powerball Jackpot Charged With Sexually Assaulting Child
Pedro Quezada became a millionaire overnight in 2013. "It will not change my heart," he reportedly said at the time.
A New Jersey man who hit the Powerball jackpot in 2013 now faces a child sexual assault charge.
Pedro Quezada became a millionaire overnight when he purchased a lottery ticket worth $338 million.
But on Wednesday, the 49-year-old Dominican immigrant was charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child
According to prosecutor Camelia Valdes, the victim was between 11 and 14 years old when the alleged assaults occurred. Quezada resided in Passaic at the time, Valdes said.
First-degree aggravated sexual assault carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. Eighty-five percent of the sentence has to be served before a parole hearing can take place. That same condition applies to second-degree sexual assault, which carries a maximum term of 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Second-degree endangering the welfare of a child carries a maximum term of 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Quezada, who moved to the U.S. 30 years ago, took a $152 million lump sum payment after taxes.
At a press conference following the win, he told reporters, "My life has changed... It will not change my heart."
Quezada's attorney, Steven Wukovits, told The Record on Wednesday that the allegations have com as a result of his wealth.
"He has money," Wukovits said. "That's why he's being targeted in this case."
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