Park Ridge NJ Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Underage Girl
A man from Park Ridge NJ has been charged with sexually assaulting a young girl.
The suspect, a 46-year-old male, was placed under arrest and charged with aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment shortly after the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency discovered that he may have engaged in inappropriate sexual activity with a 12-year-old girl.
Now the suspect has been charged with more crimes because he reportedly violated a no-contact order from the court and communicated with the victim via text.
Additionally, the suspect’s wife has been charged with a criminal offense because she reportedly deleted the illegal communications from the suspect’s cell phone.
After the suspect was arrested in October 2013, a Bergen County Superior Court judge instructed him to avoid any contact with the alleged victim in the sexual crime case. However, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives reportedly learned that the victim received multiple communications from the suspect.
The suspect has been charged with witness tampering for allegedly reaching out to the victim in the sex crime case. Meanwhile, the suspect’s wife, a 44-year-old woman who lives in Emerson, New Jersey, has been charged with hindering prosecution and witness tampering.
After being placed under arrest and charged, both suspects were remanded to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ.
If the main suspect is convicted of aggravated sexual assault, he would face significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2, a person who engages in unlawful sexual activity with a victim who under the age of 13 can be charged with a first degree criminal offense. A conviction for first degree aggravated sexual assault could result in a sentence of 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For more information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Man Contacted Girl He Allegedly Sexually Assaulted, Cops Say.”