By Jenna Pizzi/The Times of Trenton
on January 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM, updated January 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM

LAWRENCE ó A Lawrence man was sentenced to probation this morning in Superior Court for excessively spanking an 11-year-old girl.

Alejandro Martinez, 34, will not be released from jail, however, but will be turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Martinez admitted he is a Mexican citizen living in the country illegally and will likely be deported, prosecutors said.

Under a plea agreement with the Mercer County Prosecutorís Office Martinez admitted to a third-degree charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

He was originally charged with sexual assault for the Jan. 28 incident, but that charge was dropped in accordance with the plea agreement.

Lawrence man who excessively spanked 11-year-old girl faces deportation |