A volunteer firefighter in Saddle Brook New Jersey faces criminal charges for sexually assaulting a woman at a local residence.
According to Bergen County prosecutors, the suspect committed the sexual offense at a house in Saddle Brook, NJ. Afterwards, the victim went to Hackensack University Medical Center and told doctors that she needed help because she had just been sexually assaulted. Hospital officials immediately contacted local law enforcement, which opened an investigation into the suspect and the sex crime allegations.
The suspect is a 40-year-old male from Saddle Brook, New Jersey. He reportedly volunteers with the Saddle Brook Township Fire Department, where he previously served as chief.
Bergen County NJ detectives investigated the suspect and eventually determined that he probably committed the sex crime. The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with multiple criminal offenses, including sexual assault and terroristic threats.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the sexual assault charges, he would face significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2, sexual assault is a second degree felony. A conviction on second degree sexual assault charges could result in the suspect being sentenced to 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being arrested and charged in the case, the suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. He later secured his release from police custody by posting $25,000 bail.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Former N.J. Fire Chief Charged in Sex Assault, Prosecutors Say.”