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Convicted Toddler Molester Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

Fair Lawn resident John Katsigiannis was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 15-month-old girl five years ago, a Bergen County law clerk said.

A Fair Lawn man convicted of molesting his ex-girlfriend's 15-month-old daughter was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison by a Bergen County Superior Court judge.

John Katsigiannis, 30, will serve at least 85 percent of the 15-year sentence handed down Friday by Judge Donald Venezia before he is eligible for parole, Venezia's law clerk Leo Dugan said.

According to Fair Lawn police Lt. James Corcoran, who attended Friday's sentencing, Venezia said he couldn't even comment on the facts of the case because they were too horrific.

In November, Katsigiannis was found guilty of using his finger to molest his ex-girlfriend's daughter during a barbecue he hosted in 2007. Demetra Maurice, the prosecutor who tried the case, told jurors that Katsigiannis used such force that the 15-month-old girl suffered significant bleeding that required corrective surgery.

Corcoran, who worked the case in Fair Lawn with Detective Jeff Welsh, applauded Maurice for her prosecution efforts.

"She did a fantastic job," said Corcoran, who acknowledged that working the case affected him emotionally.

"It's something that I'll never forget," he said. "It changes your life."

About two to two-and-a-half hours into their initial questioning back in 2007, Corcoran said Katsigiannis admitted to inserting his middle finger into the child's vagina, somewhere between the first and second knuckle.

"He claimed it was an accident," Corcoran said. "We all knew it wasn't an accident."

The incident occurred when Katsigiannis took the child up into his bedroom to change her during the barbecue. He claimed she was injured when he attempted to change her diaper and inadvertently scratched her, but Corcoran said the story raised some serious red flags for him.

Katsigiannis said in his statement that he had closed and locked his bedroom door while changing the child and that he wouldn't permit a friend who knocked on the door to enter while he was changing her because the child was naked.

"That struck me as very odd," said Corcoran, noting that it's common for children so young to be changed out in the open. "For him to make that statement was key to us saying, 'Something's wrong with this story. This doesn't add up.'"

Katsigiannis was initially charged with endangering the welfare of a child, but following further investigation, was indicted on aggravated sexual assault charges.

Corcoran said the mother of the child, now 7, lives out of the area, but that the child's grandmother was in court Friday and told the judge she was satisfied with the verdict.

Katsigiannis, who had been housed in Bergen County Jail while awaiting sentencing, also made headlines in 2011 when he appeared at Borough Hall to defend claims his dogs were escaping his property, biting neighbors' dogs and posing a significant danger to humans. The  because they had not attacked any humans.

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OhMYDelgado April 26, 2013 at 08:38 PM
bye bye Johnny! Should have taken the offer!
John Flaherty April 26, 2013 at 08:57 PM
I bet that Corcoran guy got this thug!
SUMtingWONG April 26, 2013 at 09:04 PM
I think it was that dynamic duo who just caught the serial burglar this week. Det Welsh and Lt Corcoran. Fair Lawn PD must be so proud of these guys. Congrats!!
John Flaherty April 26, 2013 at 09:34 PM
His new name in prison, "Chester"! Fingers not needed.
why didn't I think of that April 26, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Wow how the hell did this story make the patch already
Daria Shulmann April 26, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Like someone posted in a previous story about Lt Corcoran , that guy really is a Top Cop!! If Fair Lawns politicians were smart they would make him the Chief. I have read dozens of articles on this guy and never heard of Kneer or Cauwels making such spectacular catches
John Flaherty April 26, 2013 at 09:56 PM
The more I'm thinking about it, the more I feel bad for those dogs he owns!
Go Figure April 27, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Two things strike me in this story. 1. 2007? Our court system is much toooo slow. This guy could have repeated his crime over and over again in that time. 2. Sounds like someone is tooting their own horn in these stories just using alias'. Just a thought.
Fran Schweitzer April 27, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Kudos to Detective Corcoram and Welsh, this is a horrible thing to happen to a tiny child.
why didn't I think of that April 27, 2013 at 03:25 AM
How the hell did this story get to the patch
lance guinta April 27, 2013 at 12:33 PM
@ GO FIGURE you are right about the whole self promotion thing. I read the FLPD web site and it seems a lot of officers are making arrests but only a certain officers name consistently makes the news. I wonder how the rest of the officers feel about that.
John Flaherty April 27, 2013 at 02:27 PM
The removal of his pituitary gland and fingers on the hand he performed this horrible act with should be part of his punishment!
Christine April 28, 2013 at 11:36 AM
He needs to be castrated and all his fingers cut off....Disgusting piece of garbage.
Christine April 28, 2013 at 11:43 AM
The 15 month old toddler needed corrective surgery...Explain that to her when she is a teenager. This pig needs to go to jail for life...not 15 years. Then again let him be in jail for 15 years see if he needs some corrective surgery. Don't drop the soap in the shower child molester.
dorothy April 28, 2013 at 05:01 PM
5 years ago!!??? was he locked up in those 5 years ??? if not id say this is not something police should be braggging about at this time. god knows how many little girls or boys he's assaulted...... shudders...
why didn't I think of that April 28, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Yes he was in jail
Dorothy Sinkler April 28, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Do NOT let him out on "good behavior" before he serves his sentence AND please let the prison population know exactly what he did. No matter how horrific their crimes prisoners do not like children being raped.
why didn't I think of that April 28, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Unfortunately because of his crime he will be placed in protective custody because like you said. Inmates do not like child molesters.
You Tell April 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Corcoran and Welsh will you two stop working so hard. You guys are making Lt. Guinta, Sgt Figure, and Officer Concerned look bad and feel inadequate. LOL.
Rosann LeRose April 29, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Yes protect the perpetrator! Who was protecting that poor innocent child! People like that cant be fixed...even if he wasn't protected in jail. Committing the same crime to him will not change anything. He may even like it...I say glad he is locked up, and hopefully he does not get out...and yes poor dogs are acting out, wonder what he did to them...sick BAS______D!
Not Domino April 29, 2013 at 02:31 AM
"pig" is a compliment. This piece of scum should be left to starve and rot in jail, and should not be allowed back into society. Ever. If the victim had been my daughter, his funeral would have occurred in 2007.
wouldn't you like to know April 29, 2013 at 07:06 AM
I think the movie "tortured" should be the guidlines in reality for pigs like this SOB!! An eye for an eye applies perfectly! Instead of protective custody this country needs to add a Torture chamber wing in the prisons!!
Just Sayin' April 29, 2013 at 10:51 AM
This guy is an all around menace. He also owned a pair of dogs that frequently roamed the neighborhood terrorizing people & pets. The animal warden was very effective in stopping that from happening. I remember it being on patch too. Glad he's locked up. On a different note I don't understand some commentors obsession with the great work done by this guy Corcoran and his coworker welsh. If their comrades worked as hard obviously we'll read about them. Not sure, but I'd guess go figure and why didn't I think are more efficient donut eaters than crime fighters. Probably left over political cronies of the disgraced administration we just read about here on patch
gregory l. mitchell April 29, 2013 at 03:17 PM
This sick piece of garbage got ONLY 15 YEARS!!!That's much too light of a sentence for the despicable crime committed on this innocent young child.I would break his butt at hard labor from morning to night working at hard labor.How?Perhaps moving a dump truck load of sand from a pile with a shovel and 2 pails to build a new pile-then when done,MOVE IT BACK AGAIN!! Don't you think this would give this snake plenty of time to think about what he did? Respectfully,G.L.Mitchell,West Caldwell
John Fleming Sr April 29, 2013 at 05:27 PM
more appropriately I would make him move a dump truck of sand with a baby spoon
Rosann LeRose April 29, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Unfortunately there is no cure for this heinous crime. This is something one needs to make a concious effort to re brainwash himself not to commit the crime. A crime that was more than likely committed to him. However the punishment should be much more harsh than 15 years. If that child needed reconstructive surgery he did more than use his fingers. Sicko
Rosann LeRose April 29, 2013 at 09:04 PM
lol...funny. That would be like chinese torcher...still not harsh enough!

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