A 29-year-old man from New Jersey was arrested and charged with first degree aggravated sexual assault and second degree child endangerment. While the exact details of the purported incident remain unclear, including time and place of the alleged sexual assault, authorities have moved ahead to prosecute him based on the results of their investigation. The man is currently being held in county jail with bail set at $250,000, with no 10 percent option available.
The accused man, who works in a restaurant kitchen, allegedly sexually abused a female juvenile, whose age was not released. According to authorities, the two parties had previously been acquaintances before the alleged assault, although the exact details of their relationship was not indicated. The juvenile female notified the local police of the alleged assault, which prompted a joint investigation between the local department and the Bergen County Special Victim's Unit.
Because of the lack of details presented in the initial report, it may indicate that the facts are under investigation or in dispute. At this time, it appears as though the majority of the evidence relies on the juvenile female's claims. As the criminal proceedings commence, it will be necessary for the accused man to review the specific charges brought upon him as a result of the accusation with a view toward clearing his name.
Understandably, a criminal charge of sexual assault can be devastating for anyone who is accused of the crime. Though all those who have been accused are considered innocent unless proven guilty, there exists a social stigma in New Jersey and elsewhere against those who are even charged with sex crimes. As the accused man prepares for trial, he will need to focus his attention on the allegations and take steps to ensure all of his legal rights are fully protected as he fights for his liberty.
Source: NorthJersey.com, "Cliffside Park man arrested for alleged sexual assault," Stacey Rosenfeld, March 16, 2012