Police in Emerson NJ recently arrested a local man accused of assaulting a minor girl.
According to Bergen County NJ prosecutors, the 39-year-old suspect committed an assault against the 9-year-old victim. The assault reportedly resulted in “a significant injury” to the victim.
The Emerson Police Department became aware of the allegations and notified the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency. The agency reached out to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, which started its own formal investigation into the suspect.
Investigators contacted the victim and learned that she was an acquaintance of the suspect. Police eventually obtained enough evidence to place the suspect under arrest.
The suspect, who resides in Emerson NJ, was arrested and charged with several crimes, including aggravated assault and child endangerment.
If the suspect is convicted on the most serious aggravated assault charges, he would face significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1, an assault that causes serious bodily injury to another person can be classified as a second degree crime. A conviction on second degree aggravated assault charges could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was transported to the Bergen County Jail on a $50,000 bail amount.
The suspect will need to appear in Bergen County Superior Court, located in Hackensack, so that he can address the criminal charges against him.
For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “N.J. Man Accused of Causing ‘Significant Injury’ to Girl, 9.”