FREEHOLD, NJ – A Camden County man was convicted of the 2015 rape of a co-worker at a residence for disabled adults, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
A jury convicted Mark F. Hailstork, 41 of Clementon, of second degree Sexual Assault and fourth degree Criminal Sexual Contact following a week-long trial before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley. Hailstork is facing a sentence of up to 10 years in a New Jersey state prison when he returns for sentencing on Sept. 20, 2019, before Judge Oxley.
At trial the jury heard from the victim about the October 2015 rape by Hailstork at an apartment on Garrett Drive in Long Branch. The victim, a nurse who worked for an organization which provided housing and 24-hour care to developmentally disabled adults in Long Branch, testified that she was scheduled to work a double shift caring for two severely disabled adults in the apartment she was regularly assigned. She went on to explain that the aid that was scheduled to work the second shift with her — the overnight shift— called out and Hailstork filled in for that shift. Hailstork was one of her supervisors on the job. The victim told the jury that throughout the overnight shift, from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m., Hailstork made sexual advances toward her. Eventually, around 6 a.m. the victim went into the bathroom to shower in an effort to get away from Hailstork, but instead he entered the ladies’ bathroom and dragged her out of the shower and raped her. After the sexual assault, the victim finished working her shift and went home. She reported the sexual assault to the Long Branch Police Department the next afternoon.
Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Nicole Wallace prosecuted the case for the State.
Hailstork is represented by Stephen R. Piper, Esq., of Moorestown.