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Bergen County Pastor Repeatedly Performed Sex Acts On Child: Criminal Complaint Bergen County Pastor Repeatedly Performed Sex Acts On Child: Criminal Complaint
Bergen County Pastor Repeatedly Performed Sex Acts On Child: Criminal Complaint A 74-year-old Paramus church pastor has been arrested and charged with 21 counts of sexual offenses for disturbing sexual assaults on a girl between ages 13 and 18 for years, authorities announced Friday, July 12. Stephen E. Sweet, the pastor at Grace's Lutheran Church in River Edge, became the center of an investigation on Thursday, July 11, on a tip that he'd sexually assaulted a juvenile in the past, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. ** WARNING: The following news article contains graphic and disturbing information. Reader discretion is advised ** Sweet sexually assaulted…
Grand Jury Declines To Charge NJ Principal Arrested Last Spring Grand Jury Declines To Charge NJ Principal Arrested Last Spring
Grand Jury Declines To Charge NJ Principal Arrested Last Spring An Essex County Grand Jury declined to indict Columbia High School principal Frank Sanchez on charges of endangering the welfare of a child on Thursday, June 13, authorities announced. Sanchez still faces charges of simple assault stemming from an incident involving a student in January at the school in the South Orangewood-Maplewood School District, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said. The principal was suspended from his job following the alleged incident, as reported by Daily Voice when charges were filed in March. Dr. Kevin F. Gilbert, Acting Superintendent of the South Orange &a…
NJ Man Sentenced For Sexually Assaulting Two Girls For Better Part Of Decade NJ Man Sentenced For Sexually Assaulting Two Girls For Better Part Of Decade
NJ Man Sentenced For Sexually Assaulting Two Girls For Better Part Of Decade A 62-year-old Elizabeth man was sentenced to 22 years in prison on Wednesday, March 29, after being convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls in March, authorities said. Ahmed Andre assaulted the girls over the course of eight years, Union County Prosecutor William Daniel said. An investigation began after a referral from the Elizabeth Public School District, Daniel said. Andre began sexually assaulting the girls beginning from when they were nine and 10 years old, Daniel said. Andre was convicted of aggravated sexual assault, four counts of sexual assault, two counts of aggravated…
NJ Rapist Told 15-Year-Old They Can Do It Again If She's 'Not A Snitch,' Police Papers Say NJ Rapist Told 15-Year-Old They Can Do It Again If She's 'Not A Snitch,' Police Papers Say
NJ Rapist Told 15-Year-Old They Can Do It Again If She's 'Not A Snitch,' Police Papers Say Disturbing details have come to light in the case of a 41-year-old man arrested for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl this month in North Jersey. According to the affidavit for probable cause obtained by Daily Voice, Solomon Blay was in a white SUV when he approached his victim, who was walking home from school. Blay called the girl over to his vehicle, asked her age, and if she wanted a ride home, police papers said. She agreed, but instead of taking the girl home, Blay took her to his home, a basement of a home on Brighton Street in Union, the affidavit says. ** WARNING: The followi…
Clifton Man Used Messenger Service To Meet Kids For Sex: Morris County Prosecutor Clifton Man Used Messenger Service To Meet Kids For Sex: Morris County Prosecutor
Clifton Man Used Messenger Service To Meet Kids For Sex: Morris County Prosecutor A 41-year-old Clifton man was arrested and charged after he used a messenger service to make plans to meet children for sex in Morris County, authorities said.  Last month, Brian Stewart engaged in sexual communications with two children on KIK Messenger and made plans to meet up with them in Boontown Township for the purpose of having sexual intercourse, Morris County Prosecutor Robert Carroll said. Stewart used the handle "Brian Being Brian" on KIK, authorities said. He was charged with two counts of luring, four counts of attempted aggravate sexual assault, attempted endangerin…
Dad Charged With Murder In 9-Year-Old Son's Death Is Employed By Sayreville Schools: Officials Dad Charged With Murder In 9-Year-Old Son's Death Is Employed By Sayreville Schools: Officials
Dad Charged With Murder In 9-Year-Old Son's Death Is Employed By Sayreville Schools: Officials Charges have been upgraded for a New Jersey dad whose deceased 9-year-old son was found in a burning vehicle, authorities said. Manuel Rivera has been charged with second-degree aggravated arson, first-degree murder, second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and second-degree desecration of human remains, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone said. According to Sayreville Schools Superintendent Richard Labbe, 43-year-old Rivera was employed by the district, and his son was a student at the Wilson School. The charges were filed in connection with an incident Thursday…
NJ Rapist Who Impregnated Girl Under 13 Years Old Sentenced NJ Rapist Who Impregnated Girl Under 13 Years Old Sentenced
NJ Rapist Who Impregnated Girl Under 13 Years Old Sentenced A Millville man was sentenced to 40 years in New Jersey State Prison for sexual assault after impregnating a girl under 13 years old, authorities said. Justin Kuhl, 32, was arrested in September 2020 for assaulting the minor, resulting in her pregnancy, according to Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae. Kuhl was later found guilty of two counts of First Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault and two counts and Second Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and sentenced on Wednesday, March 27. The investigation was conducted by members of the New Jersey St…
Online Gamer From NJ Urged Teen To Have Sexual Relationship With Relatives, Meet At Park: Cops Online Gamer From NJ Urged Teen To Have Sexual Relationship With Relatives, Meet At Park: Cops
Online Gamer From NJ Urged Teen To Have Sexual Relationship With Relatives, Meet At Park: Cops A Gloucester County man was accused of having sexually explicit conversations online with a teen who he asked to meet at a park near his home, authorities said. Jeremy Slickerman, 33, of West Deptford, was arrested at his home on Friday, March 15, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said in a news release on Tuesday, Mar. 19. Slickerman was charged with third-degree endangering the welfare of a child. The investigation began earlier in March after a referral from Middletown police to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. Investigators said he inappropriately chatted with the 14-y…
NJ Man Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Two Girls For Better Part Of Decade: Prosecutor NJ Man Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Two Girls For Better Part Of Decade: Prosecutor
NJ Man Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Two Girls For Better Part Of Decade: Prosecutor A 62-year-old Elizabeth man was convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls on Friday, March 8, authorities said.  Ahmed Andre was found guilty of assaulting the girls over the course of eight years, Union County Prosecutor William Daniel said. An investigation began after a referral from the Elizabeth Public School District, Daniel said. Andre began sexually assaulting the girls beginning from when they were nine and 10 years old, Daniel said.  Andre was convicted of aggravated sexual assault, four counts of sexual assault, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual contact, …
NJ School Principal Arrested For Assault, Group Says Incident Involved Student NJ School Principal Arrested For Assault, Group Says Incident Involved Student
NJ School Principal Arrested For Assault, Group Says Incident Involved Student A New Jersey high school principal has been arrested for an alleged assault. Frank Sanchez, who was suspended from his job at Columbia High School in South Orange-Maplewood since January, has been charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child and simple assault, according to Thomas Fennelley, Chief Assistant Prosecutor of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. Sanchez surrendered to detectives Monday morning, March 11. Dr. Kevin F. Gilbert, Acting Superintendent of the South Orange-Maplewood School District, released the following statement to Daily Voice when aske…
SEEN IT? Report Of Child Climbing Into Car Trunk Sparks Fruitless Search In Bergen County SEEN IT? Report Of Child Climbing Into Car Trunk Sparks Fruitless Search In Bergen County
Seen IT? Report Of Child Climbing Into Car Trunk Sparks Fruitless Search In Bergen County A man's claim that he saw a child climb into the trunk of a woman's car in the Pascack Valley section of Bergen County sparked an intense but fruitless area search, police said. The citizen told Washington Township police that he saw a white woman who appeared to be in her mid-30s get out of a dark red or maroon Toyota sedan in the 600 block of Chestnut Street around 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, Corporal Christopher Osenbruck said. The woman walked to the back of the vehicle and helped what appeared to be a grade school-aged child into the trunk, the corporal said. The citizen told police t…
Attempted Murder For Mom Accused Of Stabbing 5-Year-Old Son In Newark: Prosecutor Attempted Murder For Mom Accused Of Stabbing 5-Year-Old Son In Newark: Prosecutor
Attempted Murder For Mom Accused Of Stabbing 5-Year-Old Son In Newark: Prosecutor A Newark mom has been charged with attempted murder for stabbing her 5-year-old son this week, authorities announced. Symona McGhee, 39, is also facing weapons offenses and endangering the welfare of a child for the stabbing that left her son critical but stable on Monday, Nov. 6, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II said. Police responding to a home on the 100 block of Murray Street found the boy suffering stab wounds around 5 p.m., Stephen said alongside Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé. The boy was transported to University Hospital and listed in critica…
Kosher Bergen Chef Arrested At JFK Airport Days After Sex Assault Charges Dismissed: Officials Kosher Bergen Chef Arrested At JFK Airport Days After Sex Assault Charges Dismissed: Officials
Kosher Bergen Chef Arrested At JFK Airport Days After Sex Assault Charges Dismissed: Officials Just days after a judge dismissed charges against him, Bergen County kosher chef Shalom "Sal" Yehudiel was arrested again on similar, new ones, authorities said. Shalom "Sal" Yehudiel, 41, was arrested at Terminal One of JFK Airport on Tuesday, Aug. 8, Port Authority Spokesperson Lenis Valens said. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol notified PAPD that they had a fugitive in custody with a warrant out in New Jersey, Valens said. Yehudiel was charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, announced Union…
NJ Bus Monitor Charged In Death Of 6-Year-Old With Special Needs: Prosecutor NJ Bus Monitor Charged In Death Of 6-Year-Old With Special Needs: Prosecutor
NJ Bus Monitor Charged In Death Of 6-Year-Old With Special Needs: Prosecutor A New Jersey bus monitor has been arrested following the death of a 6-year-old girl who died during a bus ride this week, authorities said. Amanda Davila, 27, of New Brunswick, has been charged with second-degree Manslaughter, and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, after fastening the harness of a child's wheelchair too tight, blocking her airway, Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald said. An investigation found that Davila, who was assigned as the school bus monitor, had fastened the girl's 4-point harness that secures her to her wheelchair too "to become tight a…
18-Year-Old Girl Sexually Assaulted 13-Year-Old Boy At Weehawken High School: Prosecutors 18-Year-Old Girl Sexually Assaulted 13-Year-Old Boy At Weehawken High School: Prosecutors
18-Year-Old Girl Sexually Assaulted 13-Year-Old Boy At Weehawken High School: Prosecutors An 18-year-old girl was arrested and charged with committing sex crimes on an 13-year-old boy at Weehawken High School multiple times, authorities said. The girl, who is not being identified, was arrested on Tuesday, July 11, by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Unit, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. She was charged with sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact, Suarez said. She was arrested at her home in Weehawken and transported to Hudson County Correctional Facility pending her first court appearance, Suare…
SLEAZEBAG: NJ Case Worker Admits Groping Clients, Sexting Wank Pics, Threatening To Take Kids SLEAZEBAG: NJ Case Worker Admits Groping Clients, Sexting Wank Pics, Threatening To Take Kids
Sleazebag: NJ Case Worker Admits Groping Clients, Sexting Wank Pics, Threatening To Take Kids It’s about as low as someone who works in child welfare services can go. A now-former case worker with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families admitted groping women he was investigating, sending unwanted masturbation pics and threatening to have children taken from those who didn’t go out with him, authorities said on Friday. Gilberto Ortiz Jr., a 53-year-old bilingual family services specialist, told a mom he was investigating that he’d “help her” if she had a relationship with him, New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin said. Ortiz warned the woman during a home visi…
NJ Army Major, Wife Who Abused Kids To Be Sentenced For 4th Time: Feds NJ Army Major, Wife Who Abused Kids To Be Sentenced For 4th Time: Feds
NJ Army Major, Wife Who Abused Kids To Be Sentenced For 4th Time: Feds A former Morris County Army major and his wife are set to be sentenced for the fourth time after being convicted of multiple accounts of endangering the welfare of five children they adopted. The U.S. Court of Appeals for The Third Circuit ordered the resentencing on Monday, April 3, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey.  John Jackson — formerly a major in the Army at the Picatinny Arsenal Installation in Morris County — and Carolyn Jackson were initially convicted in 2015. Carolyn was sentenced to 24 months in prison, while John received probation, acco…
Essex County Man Charged In Death Of GF's 4-Year-Old Daughter Essex County Man Charged In Death Of GF's 4-Year-Old Daughter
Essex County Man Charged In Death Of GF's 4-Year-Old Daughter An Essex County man was arrested in connection with the death of his girlfriend's four-year-old daughter, authorities announced Monday. Jamil Welch, 21, of Orange, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child in the death of Laniyah Bloodworth, also of Orange, on Dec. 30, Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stevens II and Orange Police Director Todd Warren said in a joint release. Officers were called to a home on the 200 block of Wallace Street on a report of an unresponsive child, authorities said.  First responders transported the young girl to University Hospital in Ne…
Unsupervised Boy, 4, Struck By Sedan In Elmwood Park, Child Welfare Authorities Notified Unsupervised Boy, 4, Struck By Sedan In Elmwood Park, Child Welfare Authorities Notified
Unsupervised Boy, 4, Struck By Sedan In Elmwood Park, Child Welfare Authorities Notified A 4-year-old boy was hospitalized with a broken leg -- and child welfare authorities were notified -- after he dashed into an Elmwood Park street and was struck by a sedan Monday night, authorities said. Police notified the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency following the 6:45 p.m. accident, Elmwood Park Police Chief Michael Foligno said. The Paterson youngster was unsupervised by an adult when he ran out from between two parked cars on Mola Boulevard near Elmwood Terrace and was struck by a 2006 Nissan Altima, Foligno explained. The boy was taken to St. Joseph's Region…
NJ Man Sentenced For Forcing 9-Year-Old Girl To Watch Child Porn While Sexually Assaulting Her NJ Man Sentenced For Forcing 9-Year-Old Girl To Watch Child Porn While Sexually Assaulting Her
NJ Man Sentenced For Forcing 9-Year-Old Girl To Watch Child Porn While Sexually Assaulting Her A 60-year-old man was sentenced to 35 years in New Jersey State Prison for the sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl, authorities announced. Jose Santana, 60, of Belleville, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Martin Cronin. He must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he will be eligible for parole. Santana was convicted by an Essex County jury of three counts of aggravated sexual assault, two counts of sexual assault, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of endangering the welfare of a child on Nov. 15, 2019. The assaults occurred on multiple occasions while…
'No One Listened': Mom Says She Tried To Protect Son Before NJ Dad's Abuse Killed Him 'No One Listened': Mom Says She Tried To Protect Son Before NJ Dad's Abuse Killed Him
'No One Listened': Mom Says She Tried To Protect Son Before NJ Dad's Abuse Killed Him A 29-year-old man from the Jersey Shore has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child in connection to his son's suspicious death, authorities said. Christopher Gregor of Barnegat reportedly surrendered to Barnegat police Friday, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer. The boy, identified by his mom, Breanna Micciolo, as Englishtown's Corey, Micciolo, was only 6 years old. Micciolo has launched a Change.org petition, where she said she had been pleading with child protective services to help get him away from his abuser -- his father. "No one listened or hel…
Prosecutor: Jersey City Man Accused Of Multiple Sex Crimes Involving Girl In His Custodial Care Prosecutor: Jersey City Man Accused Of Multiple Sex Crimes Involving Girl In His Custodial Care
Prosecutor: Jersey City Man Accused Of Multiple Sex Crimes Involving Girl In His Custodial Care A 37-year-old Jersey City man is facing charges involving multiple sexual crimes against a girl in his custodial care who was between 11 and 15 years old at the times of the alleged incidents, authorities said. Deivis Feliz Rivera was arrested Saturday, April 10 around 1:05 p.m. by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. Members of the SVU were notified by the Jersey City Police Department of the crimes on April 9, Suarez said. Rivera was arrested in Paterson without incident following an investigation by the Hudson County …
UPDATE: North Arlington Couple Found Dead Identified UPDATE: North Arlington Couple Found Dead Identified
Update: North Arlington Couple Found Dead Identified UPDATE: A North Arlington couple from India were both found dead in what was believed to be a murder-suicide after a neighbor heard their 3½-year-old daughter crying, the husband’s father said. "My daughter-in-law was seven months pregnant," Bharat Rudrawar told the news agency Press Trust of India in Mumbai. "We had been to their house and were planning another trip to the US to be with them again.” Balaji Bharat Rudrawar, 32, and Arati Balaji Rudrawar, 30, were going to have a boy, sources with direct knowledge of the incident told Daily Voice. She was in the third trimester, they said. …
Prosecutor: Jersey Shore Police Officer, Sports Coach Arrested For Sexually Assaulting Child Prosecutor: Jersey Shore Police Officer, Sports Coach Arrested For Sexually Assaulting Child
Prosecutor: Jersey Shore Police Officer, Sports Coach Arrested For Sexually Assaulting Child A popular South Jersey youth sports coach and Ocean City police officer has been arrested for sexually assaulting a juvenile, authorities said. Sgt. Tyrone Rolls, 50, of Marmora turned himself into the Cape May Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday where he was charged and taken to Cape May County Correctional Center. Rolls remains employed by the Ocean City Police Department.  His employment status will be determined after the city receives the official charges, a city spokesperson told NJ Advance Media, saying he is currently on administrative leave. Four years ago, Rolls received a key to …
Prosecutor: Jersey City Man Sexually Assaults 15-Year-Old Boy In His Custodial Care Prosecutor: Jersey City Man Sexually Assaults 15-Year-Old Boy In His Custodial Care
Prosecutor: Jersey City Man Sexually Assaults 15-Year-Old Boy In His Custodial Care A Jersey City man was charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy earlier this month, authorities said. Francisco Espinal, 53,  was in the custodial care of the boy when the alleged assault occurred, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. Espinal was charged with aggravated sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated criminal sexual contact and hindering apprehension, Suarez said. He was arrested at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at approximately 2:30 p.m. A detention hearing for Espinal is t…
Substitute Teacher, 41, Had Sex With Teenage Student, Burlington Prosecutor Says Substitute Teacher, 41, Had Sex With Teenage Student, Burlington Prosecutor Says
Substitute Teacher, 41, Had Sex With Teenage Student, Burlington Prosecutor Says A 41-year-old substitute teacher from Burlington County has been arrested for having a sexual relationship with a teenage student, authorities said. Kameelah Kareem of Willingboro was charged with second-degree sexual assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child on Wednesday, according to  Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Willingboro Township Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon. She was released on Thursday after a hearing in Superior Court, Kareem was substitute teaching at Willingboro Township Public Schools at the time of the sexual assaults, they…
Girl, 13, Sexually Assaulted By West New York Family Friend, Prosecutor Says Girl, 13, Sexually Assaulted By West New York Family Friend, Prosecutor Says
Girl, 13, Sexually Assaulted By West New York Family Friend, Prosecutor Says A 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a man more than three times her age in a West New York home, authorities said Tuesday. Police were notified of a girl being sexually attacked earlier this month by a family friend, later identified as 38-year-old Jose Del Pilar, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. Del Pilar was arrested later that day, Jan. 20, just after 5 p.m. at the West New York Police Station on 60th Street, Suarez said. He was charged with sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact.
U.S. Marshals Capture Fugitive Wanted In Sex Assault Of Union County Girl U.S. Marshals Capture Fugitive Wanted In Sex Assault Of Union County Girl
U.S. Marshals Capture Fugitive Wanted In Sex Assault Of Union County Girl A fugitive wanted in a 2018 Union County sexual assault of a child was found in Tennessee, authorities said Wednesday. Jose A. Donis, 53, was taken into custody by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Tuesday evening in the Whispering Hills neighborhood of Nashville, Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess said. Donis had been renting a room in the Plainfield building in which the victim lived when he sexually assaulted her from early June 2018 to late September of 2018, Ruotolo and Burgess said last month. A warrant was issue…
Authorities: North Jersey Hypnotist Subjected Clients To Prostate Exams Authorities: North Jersey Hypnotist Subjected Clients To Prostate Exams
Authorities: North Jersey Hypnotist Subjected Clients To Prostate Exams A North Jersey hypnotist was arrested after authorities said he subjected clients to a prostate exam during appointments. Robert Bruckner, who owns and operates Major Mindset Hypnosis Counseling in Fairfield, was charged Wednesday with sexual assault, endangering the welfare of child and practicing medicine without a license, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, said. An investigation into Buckner, 55, of Randolph, was launched after clients told police they'd visited him for hypnotherapy services, but during the session, "he had subjected them to what was…
Former NJ Catholic School Chaplain Charged With Endangering Welfare Of Students Former NJ Catholic School Chaplain Charged With Endangering Welfare Of Students
Former NJ Catholic School Chaplain Charged With Endangering Welfare Of Students A priest and former chaplain of a North Jersey Catholic school was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of six students, authorities announced Thursday. Salvatore DiStefano, 61, who most recently resided at Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church New Providence, is charged with engaging in a pattern of behavior that threatened the welfare of six Oratory Preparatory School students, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo said. DiStefano -- known to students as "Father Sal" -- was placed on leave last January pending an investigation.  He is the fourth …
Support Surges For 5 Kids Of Hudson County EMT Killed In Arizona Murder-Suicide Support Surges For 5 Kids Of Hudson County EMT Killed In Arizona Murder-Suicide
Support Surges For 5 Kids Of Hudson County EMT Killed In Arizona Murder-Suicide The Hudson County community is rallying for five children whose mother and former North Bergen EMT was killed by her boyfriend, who then turned the gun on himself. Jasmine Berumen, 39, was fatally shot in the family’s Arizona home Aug. 20. Four of Berumen’s five children were home during the incident, and one of them made the initial call to police, according to a GoFundMe started for the family. As of Monday afternoon, the fundraiser had garnered more than $10,200 in donations, which will be used to help Berumen’s mother, Annette, relocate and care for the children. “Annette and her husb…