Aggravated Sexual Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child Charges Filed Against Garfield Man
By Travis Tormey posted in Sex Crimes on Thursday, March 13, 2014
A man from Garfield, New Jersey was recently arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly having sexual intercourse with an 11-year-old female victim.
Officials arrested 30-year-old Eduardo Romero, a current town resident who lives on 28 Grand Street, on Monday, March 10th. According to Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli, Romero is accused of committing multiple sexual acts with an 11-year-old girl in the last 5 months.
The victim confided in a family member, who subsequently reported these incidents to the Division of Child Protection as well as the Garfield Police Department. The department then notified detectives at the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, who questioned the girl. She verified the occurrence of the events and Romero was later arrested.
As of Tuesday, March 11th, Romero was in custody at the Bergen County Jail, with his bail set at $100,000. His arraignment has been scheduled for March 24th.
If Romero’s case ultimately proceeds to trial and he is found guilty of the charges, he could be facing a significant term of incarceration, among other penalties, due to the severity of the charges for which he has been accused. Of these offenses, aggravated sexual assault is considered more severe under the New Jersey Criminal Code. In fact, according to N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2, which governs aggravated sexual assault, these are first degree offenses, the most serious of crimes.
Those convicted of first degree crimes are subject to a period of imprisonment ranging from 10 to 20 years. In addition, aggravated sexual assault is one of the designated offenses under the No Early Release Act (NERA), which requires defendants to serve 85% of the prison term imposed before becoming eligible for parole. Further, aggravated assault convictions are associated with additional penalties, including mandatory sex offender registration under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law as well as life-long community supervision.
For more information regarding this case, access the following article: Garfield man charged with sexually assaulting of 11-year-old