A teen boy has been charged with sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl at a summer program in Fair Lawn, NJ.
The 17-year-old suspect was employed as a volunteer counselor at the English Language Learner summer enrichment program at Lyncrest Elementary School in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. The victim was a young student in the summer program.
Bergen County prosecutors said that the suspect engaged in “inappropriate sexual activity” with the victim on more than one occasion.
The ultimate penalties for the alleged crimes could vary, depending on whether the suspect is charged as an adult or a juvenile. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2, anyone who sexually assaults a minor child under the age of 13 may be charged with a first degree felony. A conviction on first degree aggravated sexual assault charges could result in a sentence of 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Moreover, if the suspect is convicted, he could be subject to sex offender registration requirements under Megan’s Law after he serves any prison sentence.
Shortly after the suspect was arrested and processed, he was transported to the Bergen County Juvenile Detention Center in Teterboro, NJ.
The suspect’s identity has not been revealed to the media because he is only 17 years old.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Teen Counselor Accused of Sexually Abusing Girl, 6.”