A 65-year-old Passaic man who authorities said raped an 8-year-old city girl he was babysitting was indicted by a grand jury in Paterson.
Juan Jiminez has been free since a judge released him with conditions following his arrest last July.
Jimenez was watching the girl at a daycare located in an apartment at 70 Passaic Street when he sexually assaulted her, the indictment alleges.
Detectives from Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes’s Special Victims Unit arrested Jimenez on charges of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and child endangerment for “engaging in acts of sexual penetration and sexual contact” with the girl, she said.
Six days after his arrest, a Superior Court in Paterson freed Jiminez from the Passaic County Jail with pretrial monitoring.
That could change during an arraignment on the indictment scheduled for April 12.
NOTE: Authorities warn parents that those who rape, molest or otherwise sexually assault young children are often known to the family -- and at times exhibit warning signs that such behavior is possible.
They urge parents or guardians to never leave their youngsters with any adult in whom they don't have 100% trust and confidence.
They also remind loved ones to always remain attentive to indications from their children of discomfort with a particular adult -- or signs that they may have been abused.
Three people reported being molested by a Passaic man while they were children, authorities said Wednesday.
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