NJ woman denies causing penis injection death
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to causing the death of a man who prosecutors say she gave a fatal dose of silicone during a penile enhancement procedure. Kasia Rivera, 35, pleaded not guilty to reckless manslaughter in the death of 22-year-old Justin Street. Both are from East Orange, and the case is being heard in Superior Court in neighboring Newark.
Street, a father of two, had gone to Rivera on May 5 seeking a penile enlargement procedure, the kind prosecutors say Rivera advertised for in fliers posted at local businesses. Rivera, who performed the procedures in her apartment, allegedly with no medical license or training, administered a silicone shot to Street’s penis, according to prosecutors.
Street died the following day. His death was ruled a homicide following an investigation and a medical examiner’s determination that he died of a silicone embolism.
Investigators believe Rivera may have conducted similar unauthorized procedures out of her East Orange apartment, but prosecutors said a search for witnesses, and a public plea for people to step forward, had not yielded any other clients to date.
Rivera, who remains free on $75,000 bail, declined to comment through her court-appointed attorney Tuesday. She was indicted by a grand jury last month and could face up to ten years in prison if convicted.