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Leonia, Palisades Park Luring Convict Gets 4-Year Sentence Suspended

Jay Dorfman at his Oct. 16 sentencing in Hackensack
Jay Dorfman at his Oct. 16 sentencing in Hackensack Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia
Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Demetra Maurice, defense attorney James Patuto, Jay Dorfman
Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Demetra Maurice, defense attorney James Patuto, Jay Dorfman Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia

LEONIA, N.J. -- A self-employed photographer from Englewood had a four-year prison sentence suspended by a judge in Hackensack in exchange for remaining in sex-offender therapy.

Jay Dorfman, 66, plea-bargained the deal after authorities charged him with trying to lure girls into his car in Leonia twice and approaching women in Palisades Park.

Investigators said he fondled himself in front of a woman on a bicycle and made sexually explicit comments to another after using a ruse of asking for directions.

Following Dorfman's arrest, CLIFFVIEW PILOT learned that he was still paying fines from a guilty plea to indecent exposure in New Hampshire.

Dorfman has been in therapy since shortly after his arrest and must continue for the entire four-year sentence handed down by Superior Court Judge Edward A. Jerejian on Oct. 16.

Parole officers may require that the therapy continue beyond then, Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Demetra Maurice said.

Dorfman is also subject to Megan’s Law state sex offender registration, parole supervision for life and a no-contact order for each of the five victims.

If he violates any of the terms of his conditional sentence, he’ll be sent to prison, the judge said.

The highly publicized luring attempts set Leonia on edge.

Two different pairs of girls said they were approached by a man in a light blue, 4-door, older model SUV with New Jersey license plates.

The driver first asked for directions, then “made a very inappropriate sexual comment to them,” authorities told CLIFFVIEW PILOT at the time.

Police arrested Dorfman in April after they said he approached a youthful-looking 29-year old Asian woman in Palisades Park, asked her for a street name, then said: “You want to get in the car?” and “You want to get arrested?”

She took down his license plate number and immediately went to police after he drove away.

After tracing the SUV, detectives obtained Dorfman’s driver’s license photo from the New Jersey DMV.

The woman was then shown the photo, which Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said resembled a composite sketch made by police after the Leonia luring attempts.

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