East Orange woman pleads not guilty to death from silicone injection into man’s penis

Kasia Rivera

Kasia Rivera, 34, of East Orange is accused of causing the death of a 22-year-old man by injecting his penis with silicone, authorities said.

The victim apparently wanted a bigger penis, according to Essex County prosecutors.

And Rivera, they said, was more than willing to oblige. She gave the injection in her apartment, according to a criminal complaint filed in court. Rivera had advertised her amateur cosmetic surgery services in local bars, according to prosecutors.

On Dec. 9, 2011, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and East Orange Police Chief William Robinson announced that Rivera was arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Justin Street of East Orange.

Justin Street. — photo courtesy of Street family.

Here’s what they allege:

On May 5, 2011, victim Justin Street went to Rivera’s home in the 300 block of Glenwood Avenue in East Orange where he received a silicon injection in his penis. The next day he died as a result of the injection.

The victim had been seeking to enhance his penis, according to published reports. He died of a blood clot.

The medical examiner determined the cause of death was silicone embolism. The death was ruled a homicide.

Following an investigation led by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, with assistance from the East Orange Police, Rivera was arrested today and charged with manslaughter and the unauthorized practice of medicine.

Bail was set at $75,000.

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UPDATE FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS:

NEWARK, N.J.(SEPT. 29, 2012)  — 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.