Upper Saddle River NJ Gas Station Worker Allegedly Groped Woman
Police officers arrested an Upper Saddle River NJ gas station attendant accused of committing a sex crime by reaching up the skirt of a female customer.
The criminal incident happened at a gas station in Upper Saddle River, NJ. According to authorities, the victim went to the gas station in order to buy fuel for her car. The suspect, who is employed at the gas station, reportedly persuaded the woman to get air in her vehicle tires.
The victim reportedly drove her car to a different area in the gas station parking lot, exited the vehicle, bent over, and started to put air into a tire. That’s when the suspect allegedly moved his hand under the woman’s skirt and inappropriately touched her.
The victim notified the Upper Saddle River Police Department, which sent officers to the scene to investigate. The suspect was placed under arrest a short time later.
The suspect, a 32-year-old Spring Valley NY man, faces criminal charges for criminal sexual contact. Criminal sexual contact is usually the charge when prosecutors cannot prove all of the elements of aggravated sexual assault or sexual assault. As stipulated by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3, criminal sexual contact is a fourth degree crime that can result in a sentence of up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison.
Beyond that, a conviction for criminal sexual contact could lead to the suspect being ordered to register as a convicted sex offender under Megan’s Law.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. He was being held at the correctional facility on a $25K bail amount.
The Upper Saddle River police investigation into the alleged sex crime remains active and ongoing. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Upper Saddle River detectives at 201-327-2700.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Gas Station Attendant Charged with Groping Customer.”