After two days of jury selection, a jury was impaneled at 3 p.m. today.

JERSEY CITY – Opening statements will be heard Thursday morning in the trial of a 52-year-old Passaic man charged with pushing a woman into her Hoboken home and raping her in April.

After two days of jury selection, a jury was impaneled at 3 p.m. today for the trial of Marcos Blandino, who is accused of tackling a 22-year-old woman from behind as she entered her Clinton Street building, forcing her into her apartment and raping her.

Blandino, who is charged with burglary and two counts of aggravated sexual assault, is being detained through the course of his prosecution.

At his detention hearing in June, the prosecution said surveillance video supports the state’s allegations, and added that Blandino could not be excluded as the source of the DNA evidence that was recovered during the investigation.

Blandino, who was not arrested until weeks after the incident, told investigators he had sex with no one that day. At his detention hearing, Blandino’s lawyer said his client was working as a driver in Hoboken on the day of the incident, struck up a conversation with the woman and she let him into her home.

“They were two consenting adults,” the attorney said.

Aggravated sexual assault is a first-degree crime carrying a prison sentence of 10 to 20 years.

The defendant has entered a plea of not guilty and has called himself “an innocent man.” He is currently being represented by defense attorney Genesis Peduto.

Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor John Mulkeen is representing the state.

The trial is before Hudson County Superior Court Judge Vincent Militello in the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City.

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Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News


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Opening statements in Hoboken rape trial set for Thursday

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