A Park Ridge New Jersey man allegedly committed a sexual assault of an underage girl.
The suspect, a 46-year-old man from Park Ridge, NJ, was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment after the NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency learned that he may have engaged in inappropriate sexual activity with the 12-year-old victim.
Now the suspect is subject to additional criminal charges because he allegedly violated a no-contact order from the court and reached out to the victim.
Beyond that, the suspect’s wife has been charged with a crime because she allegedly deleted the suspect’s illegal communications with the victim from his cell phone.
After the suspect was placed under arrest in October 2013, a Bergen County Superior Court judge ordered him to not have any contact with the alleged victim in the sexual offense case. In recent weeks, however, detectives with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit reportedly discovered that the victim received communications from the suspect.
The suspect now faces new criminal charges for witness tampering, in addition to the original sex crime charges. Meanwhile, the suspect’s wife, a 44-year-old woman who resides in Emerson, NJ, faces criminal charges for hindering prosecution and witness tampering.
After being arrested and processed, both suspects were moved to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey.
If the main suspect is eventually convicted on the most serious charges of aggravated sexual assault, he would face significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2, a person who engages in unlawful sexual activity with a victim under 13 years of age can be charged with a first degree crime. A conviction on first degree aggravated sexual assault charges could lead to a sentence of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
For more information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Man Contacted Girl He Allegedly Sexually Assaulted, Cops Say.”