A Criminal Court jury deliberated 12 and a half hours before finding Glen B. Howard guilty of four counts of child rape. He was found guilty also of aggravated sexual battery. He got another aggravated sexual battery conviction when the jury downgraded one of the convictions from child rape to the lesser charge.
Howard, 42, was taken into custody after the convictions.
He faces a minimum of 25 years in prison at 100 percent on each of the child rape counts. He faces 8-12 years each on the aggravated sexual batteries.
Sentencing is Dec. 9 by Judge Barry Steelman.
Howard has taken the witness stand to deny any sexual contact with his wife's two young daughters.
He said the daughters were very unruly and had gotten upset with him when he disciplined them for tearing up homework papers and scattering it through their Red Bank apartment.
He said the girls came out in front of him and his wife and claimed he had been coming into their room and touching them while she was working third shift.
At the time of the alleged incidents, the oldest girl was enrolled in elementary school, and the youngest in kindergarten. Their mother worked nights and left her children under Howard’s supervision.
The older of the two children, who is now 14 and who made the accusations, gave details of the alleged incidents to the jury. A video of an interview about the incidents when the child was 10 was shown to the jury.