Man Accused of Attacking Young Girl in Emerson, NJ, Charged with Aggravated Assault
Emerson New Jersey police recently apprehended a local man accused of committing a serious assault against a juvenile girl.
According to Bergen County law enforcement, the 39-year-old suspect assaulted the 9-year-old victim and caused “a significant injury.”
When Emerson police became aware of the allegations, they contacted the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency. The agency then notified the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, which started a formal investigation into the allegations.
Authorities reached out to the victim and discovered that she and the suspect were acquaintances. Investigators eventually determined that there was truth to the allegations and decided to arrest the suspect.
The suspect, a resident of Emerson, NJ, was arrested and charged with several criminal offenses, including aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
If the suspect is convicted on charges of aggravated assault, he would be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1, an attack that causes serious bodily injury to the victim is a second degree crime and can result in a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was moved to the Bergen County Jail. He was being held at the jail in lieu of a $50,000 bail amount.
The suspect is going to have to make an appearance in Bergen County Superior Court, located in Hackensack, New Jersey, in order to answer the criminal charges against him.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “N.J. Man Accused of Causing ‘Significant Injury’ to Girl, 9.”