A 32-year-old Salem Township man sexually assaulted several girls, one as young as four, according to court papers.
Gary F. Kroll pleaded no contest to rape and related charges on Friday and could receive up to 145 years in prison and fines totaling $110,000, said Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards.
The suspect faces a minimum of 30 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 9 before President Judge Raymond Hamill.
A no contest plea means the defendant admits neither guilt nor innocence. The plea is treated the same as a guilty plea during sentencing, Edwards said.
The crimes occurred over several years and involved four girls under 13, according to paperwork.
Kroll is charged with three counts of rape of a child and one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, all felonies.
He also is charged with a single count of corruption of minors, a misdemeanor.
Kroll denied the accusations when he was arrested and said the victims were fabricating the allegations, court papers say.
According to an arrest affidavit filed by state police Trooper John Decker:
In October 2013 one of the girls, 15 at the time, told a school counselor she had been sexually assaulted by Kroll since the time she was four years old.
The counselor contacted Children & Youth Services, which in turn contacted state police.
The girl told police Kroll assaulted her numerous times and threatened that he would kill her and anyone she told.
The girl told police she would only feel better when she was bathed by her mother.
During one assault, when the girl tried to escape, Kroll "smacked her in the face and reminded her that he would kill her if she told."
The affidavit says, "She advised that both she and Kroll said that she had fallen down and got the marks on her face."
The assaults would happen at least weekly and stopped only when the girl "gained weight."
The girl told police that during one occasion the assault involved her and two two other girls when Kroll was babysitting them and playing "truth or dare."
Kroll told the victims he would "hurt them" if they told anyone.