Hackensack NJ police recently arrested a man who allegedly committed a sexual assault of a woman while she was sleeping.
According to Bergen County prosecutors, the 36-year-old suspect spent some time with two women on the night of the alleged sex crime. When one of the women, the victim, woke up the following morning, she reportedly realized that the suspect was engaging in nonconsensual sexual activity with her.
The 24-year-old victim went to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, where hospital staff administered a sexual assault examination.
In addition to conducting the examination, hospital employees contacted police and alerted them to the situation. Detectives with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit came to the hospital and interviewed the victim.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office followed up on the investigation. The prosecutor’s office was assisted by the Hackensack Police Department. The investigation led authorities to conclude that the suspect had committed a sexual assault. As a result, he was placed under arrest.
The suspect, who lives in New York, was charged with sexual assault. If he is ultimately convicted of the sex crime, he could face severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2, sexual assault is usually classified as a second degree criminal offense. A conviction on for second degree sexual assault could lead to a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was being held at the facility on a $200,000 bail amount.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “N.Y. Man Sexually Assaulted Woman While She Slept, Prosecutor Says.”