A Passaic man was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexually abusing a child several times over the course of nearly a year, authorities said.
Edu Roldan-Lopez, 40, was charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and child endangerment, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Passaic Police Chief Louis A. Guzman said in a joint release.
Passaic police had received a report in late January, after which detectives from Valdes’s Special Victims Unit interviewed the child and more than one witness, they said.
The youngster “reported being sexually abused [Roldan-Lopez] on numerous occasions at the child’s home in Passaic between October 2017 and December 2018,” the release says.
Roldan-Lopez remained held in the Passaic County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Paterson.
Assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Alyssa DiSturco of Valdes' Major Crimes Division's Special Victims Unit is handling the case.
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.
If you suspect anyone has harmed your child, contact authorities immediately.
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