SUPERIOR COURT — The Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office has chosen to head back to court for round two in the sexual assault case of a 74-year-old Frankford man, just weeks after a jury found themselves deadlocked on the majority of the charges against him.
Following two days of deliberations, first on Jan. 23 then returning on Jan. 27, the jury of 14 — nine men and four women — found Floyd Bross guilty on one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. As to the remaining four counts, which include a first-degree sex assault charge, the jury could not reach an unanimous verdict.
Sussex County Assistant Prosecutor Laura Nazzaro told the New Jersey Herald that the State made the decision to retry the case in front of a new jury. While she did not divulge why that decision was made, she indicated that Bross will be facing the remaining four counts when a new jury is chosen this spring.
The count that Bross was found guilty will remain on hold and will be addressed after the retrial.
Bross has been incarcerated since his 2016 arrest after he was accused of committing sexual acts on a child between June 2006 and August 2014 while the child was in his care, police said.
In December 2018 a second child came forward, reporting to her mother, and subsequently police, that Bross had assaulted her several times while she was at his home. She told authorities that she feared disclosing the information because Bross threatened to harm one of her parents if she told anyone, authorities stated in an affidavit from his arrest.
Bross will be tried on the following charges: First-degree sexual assault of a juvenile less than 13 years old, second-degree endangering the welfare of a child (sexual contact) and two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a victim under 13.
On the single charge he was found guilty of, Bross is facing up to 10 years in prison. If convicted on the remaining four charges, he would face 55 years to life in prison.
A tentative date to begin jury selection is scheduled for June 2.
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