According to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the 39-year-old suspect committed the violent act at an undisclosed location.
The child spoke with staff members at school and told them about the incident. The school employees then contacted the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency. The agency got in touch with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, which began an investigation.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the North Arlington Police Department worked together on a joint investigation into the suspect.
Once authorities had enough evidence, they placed the suspect under arrest. He was subsequently charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted of endangering the welfare of a child, he would be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4, endangering the welfare of a child is a felony-level criminal offense. Depending on the exact circumstances of the case, the suspect could be charged with a second degree felony and face a potential sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was able to secure his release from police custody by posting a $50,000 cash bond.
It is believed that the victim knows the suspect; however, the precise nature of their relationship has not yet been disclosed by authorities. The suspect will be barred from any contact with the alleged victim while the case remains unresolved and the charges are still pending.
For additional information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “N.J. Man Accused of Biting Child’s Leg.”