Landlord charged with sex crimes against 13 tenants

Joseph Centanni, a landlord in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is accused of forcing more than a dozen tenants into sex acts in exchange for rent.

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- New at noon, a landlord in New Jersey now under arrest. Charged with forcing more than a dozen tenants into sex acts in exchange for rent. Prosecutors say between 2016 and 2020 73-year-old Joseph Centanni targeted tenants in Elizabeth, New Jersey who are about to be evicted, or otherwise struggling financially. They say he solicited sex from the alleged victim saying it was a quid pro quo, and offered them rent reductions, a delay in an eviction, or other forms of financial assistance.