An Absecon man was convicted of all counts against him in connection with a series of sexual assaults committed against five boys throughout New Jersey over a 16-year span, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced Thursday.
An Atlantic County jury convicted Brian E. Killion, 41, of the 600 block of North Shore Road, of 34 counts, including aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and possession and manufacturing of child pornography.
Following the report of a sexual assault by one of Killion's victims, authorities from the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, the New Jersey State Police, the Absecon Police Department, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation initiated a joint investigation into Killion, which resulted in the uncovering of additional victims.
On July 14, 2010, Killion was arrested following the execution of a search warrant at his home, which obtained digital media containing child pornography.
During a three-week-long trial, the State, represented by Chief Assistant Prosecutor Pam D’Arcy, submitted a multitude of witness testimony and physical evidence, which convinced the jury that Killion, on numerous occasions, had sexually assaulted the five boys while he took them on camping trips in Burlington and Cape May counties, while he watched them at his Absecon home, at the victims’ homes, and on various other occasions.
The State proved to the jury that in June of 2010, while camping at Bass River State Park, Burlington County, Killion committed aggravated sexual assault against one 11-year-old boy and sexual assault against a second 11-year-old boy, who were both left in his care.
The state also proved Killion had previously assaulted one of the same boys from January 2009 through June 2010, while he was left in his care at his Absecon home.
The State submitted that Killion had on numerous occasions between 2004 through 2008, committed aggravated sexual assaults against a third boy, whom he had also taken to his Absecon home. The third boy was assaulted by Killion from the time he was 11–15 years old. Killion had additionally committed aggravated sexual assaults against the same victim while watching the boy at his Camden County home.
Killion was also convicted of several sexual assaults occurring from June 2007 through September 2009, of a fourth victim, whom he assaulted while on numerous camping trips in Belleplain Park, while the victim was age 11 –13.
Killion was also found guilty of three counts of aggravated sexual assault for a fifth victim, age 14-15, who was assaulted from April 1997 through September 1999, while at Killion’s home, his own home, and in Killion’s truck while parked in Absecon marshes. Killion encountered the oldest victim, when he served as the boy’s Scout Master with the Boy Scouts.
Killion was additionally convicted of three counts of endangering the welfare of a child for possession of child pornography, manufacturing child pornography, and for showing child pornography to one of the victims. Killion was convicted of an additional 10 counts of endangering for endangering children under the age of 16—whom he had assumed responsibility for—by having sexual conduct, which debauched the children’s morals.
Killion was convicted of the following: seven counts of aggravated sexual assault, 10 counts of sexual assault, 13 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, three counts of promoting obscene material for persons under 18, one count of aggravated criminal sexual contact.
Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury will sentence Killion pending the completion of an evaluation required for sex offenders at the Avenel Adult Diagnostic & Treatment Center.
Aggravated sexual assault, a crime of the first-degree, carries a maximum prison sentence of up to 20 years and a $200,000 fine. Crimes of the second-degree, such as endangering the welfare of a child, carry a state prison term of up to 10 years and up to a $150,000 fine.