- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - A man for who entered an unlocked northern New Jersey home and raped two young girls in their bedrooms has been sentenced to 28 years in state prison.

The Record (https://bit.ly/1edvRSq) reports Serkan Seyrek must serve nearly 24 years of the term imposed Friday before he becomes eligible for parole. The 22-year-old Cliffside Park resident also will be on lifetime parole once he’s freed from prison and must register as a sex offender.

Authorities say Seyrek had been drinking at a college party shortly before the attacks occurred in February 2012. After returning home, he started walking through his neighborhood and began checking the doors of several homes until he found one that was unlocked.

Seyrek went inside and entered the bedroom of a 9-year-old girl who was sleeping. He then repeatedly assaulted the girl and threatened to kill her and her family if she made any noise or told anyone what had happened.

He then asked the girl how old her sister was and, when the girl initially refused to tell him, he bit her on the face and back. After the girl eventually said her sister was 11, Seyrek went into that girl’s bedroom, put a pillow to her face and repeatedly assaulted her.

The girls’ mother soon woke up and found Seyrek raping the older girl. The mother pulled Seyrek away from the girl and struggled with him, but he escaped and ran out of the house. The mother then briefly chased after him before she returned home to be with her daughters, who told her what had happened.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com


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