Police recently arrested a Budd Lake NJ man accused of sexually assaulting an underage female in Mount Olive, New Jersey.
According to Morris County prosecutors, the suspect committed the sex crimes between 2002 and 2004. The Mount Olive Police Department received a report of the alleged sexual offenses and immediately notified the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. Detectives with the prosecutor’s office then opened an investigation into the suspect, which included interviewing both the victim and the suspect. Investigators reportedly learned that the suspect sexually penetrated the victim, touched the victim on her private parts, and had the victim touch him on his genitals.
Law enforcement eventually determined that enough evidence existed to arrest the suspect.
The suspect is a 65-year-old resident of Budd Lake, a community located within Mount Olive, NJ. He has been charged with numerous sex crimes, including aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
At the time of the alleged sexual assaults, the victim was between the ages of seven and nine. That’s why the suspect has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, not sexual assault. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(a), anyone who commits an act of sexual penetration with a victim who is less than 13 years old 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 New Jersey State Prison.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was transported to the Morris County Jail in Morristown, NJ. He was being held at the correctional facility in lieu of a $150,000 bail amount.
For further information about this case, check out the DailyRecord.com article, “Mount Olive Senior Citizen Charged with Child Sex Assault.”