Police recently apprehended a Florida man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl in Ridgewood, NJ.
According to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect sexually assaulted the daughter of an acquaintance of his.
Bergen County law enforcement became aware of the alleged sexual offense when the victim’s mother contacted authorities in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania State Police then reached out to Bergen County prosecutors to inform them that a young girl had been sexually assaulted in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Unit detectives then opened an investigation and spoke with the victim. During an interview with police, the victim reportedly provided details about the sexual acts that were allegedly committed by the suspect.
The victim was just 11 years old when she was allegedly victimized by the suspect
The suspect is a 36-year-old man from Orlando, Florida. He has been charged with multiple sex crimes, including aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted of aggravated sexual assault, he would be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2, anyone who commits an act of sexual penetration with a minor under the age of 13 can be charged with a first degree criminal offense. A conviction on first degree aggravated sexual assault charges could lead to a sentence of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
Since the suspect was arrested in Florida, he will have to be extradited back to Bergen County so that he can answer for the criminal charges against him.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Florida Man Charged with Sex Assault of Girl in Ridgewood.”