UNION COUNTY LANDLORD CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES AGAINST 13 TENANTS Prosecutors say some of the victims felt they faced eviction and homelessness unless they agreed to the sexual acts.
March 22, 2021
UNION COUNTY, NJ — The owner of 18 rental properties in Elizabeth has been charged with coercing 13 of his tenants into sexual acts to avoid eviction and homelessness, or in exchange for lower rents, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office said Monday.
“The victims reported feeling they had no choice but to concede to [his] demands, citing dire personal circumstances such as trying to maintain housing for their young children,” said a press release from the office of Prosecutor Lindsay Ruotolo.
Joseph Centanni, 73, of Mountainside was charged with