A Garfield school bus aide and a jailed Wallington man awaiting trial on charges of sexually assaulting a pre-teen were charged with contacting the victim.
Floridaliz DeJesus, 56, was charged with contempt of a court order after she reached out to the victim on behalf of Pedro Perez, 31, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said Friday.
Detectives from Musella’s Special Victims Unit arrested Perez a year ago Saturday (Jan. 23, 2020) after city police received a tip and alerted them.
He has remained held in the Bergen County Jail since then, charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and child endangerment.
Prosecutors added charges of witness tampering and contempt of court while also charging DeJesus, after discovering that they’d defied a judge’s order that Perez not have any contact with the victim, even through an intermediary.
DeJesus was released pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.
A Feb. 10 appearance was scheduled on the new charges against Perez.
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