According to officials, the 25-year-old suspect engaged in multiple sexual acts with the child on several occasions last year. Authorities said that the child revealed to investigators the disturbing details of the assaults.
In addition to being accused of sexual assault, the suspect was also accused of violently assaulting the girl by punching and kicking her in the stomach.
After receiving reports of the possible criminal activity, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office investigated the case. After prosecutors confirmed the accusations, police arrested the suspect and charged her with first degree aggravated sexual assault, second degree sexual assault, and third degree endangering the welfare of a child.
If the suspect is convicted of aggravated sexual assault, she could spend a long time in prison. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2a, aggravated sexual assault can be classified as a first degree felony when the accused commits an act of sexual penetration with a victim under the age of 13. In this case, the suspect could be sentenced to up to 20 years in NJ State Prison if convicted.
Following her arrest, the suspect was taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown.
To learn more about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Wharton Woman Accused of Sexually Assaulting, Punching, Kicking 8-Year-Old.”