A plea offer of four years in pre-trial intervention has been vacated for a 26-year-old Newton man who is now facing up to 35 years in prison on charges of sexual assault of two 14-year-olds.
Denis Schrader, 26, appeared in state Superior Court on Monday beside his attorney, Steven Insley, in front of Judge William J. McGovern III.
With a prior plea offer of pre-trial intervention for burglary and theft charges from an October 2016 incident now off the table, Schrader has again declined a new plea offer of four years posed by the state – represented by Assistant Prosecutor Laura Nazzaro — encompassing all his pending charges.
On Monday, Schrader pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges and told his attorney that he wants to go to trial.
A new plea offer will be extended in writing within 10 days, according to Nazzaro, but the specifics of that offer were not immediately released.
Schrader was arrested and charged with burglary and theft in October 2016 after Newton police responded to a report of a suspicious male looking into vehicles in the parking lot of the Sonic Suds Laundromat, police said.
A complainant told police that his daughter’s iPhone 6 had been stolen from inside his unlocked vehicle in the parking lot, according to Newton Police.
After the man located the phone through the “Find my iPhone” application, he confronted the man — identified as Schrader — who initially denied the allegations but turned over the phone to the man and fled the laundromat before officers arrived.
He was identified through video surveillance and captured two days later at a nearby QuickChek.
Schrader was indicted by a Sussex County grand jury on Sept. 28 on charges of second-degree sexual assault, two counts; third-degree endangering the welfare of children, two counts; and fourth-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, two counts.
According to the indictment, between June 22 and July 1 in Newton, Schrader committed sexual assault by “committing acts of sexual penetration” of a then-14-year-old.
The indictment also states that on July 6 in Newton, Schrader again “did commit sexual assault by committing acts of sexual penetration” of a then-14-year-old.
Schrader, who has been incarcerated in the Sussex County Jail, will appear back in court on Nov. 27.