A 42-year-old Paterson man sexually assaulted an 11-year-old child and then threatened the youngster not to tell anyone, authorities said.
William Ortega, 42, was arrested last Thursday by members of Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes’s Special Victims Unit, although she didn’t announce it until Monday night.
He’s charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, as well as sexual assault, child endangerment and making terroristic threats against the child, who Valdes said was in his care.
Ortega was sent to the Passaic County Jail to await a first appearance before a Central Judicial Processing Court judge in Paterson who was expected to order him held until trial.
Authorities warn 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 to never leave their youngsters with any adult in whom they don't have 100% trust and confidence and remind them to always remain attentive to indications from their children of discomfort with the particular adult -- or signs that they may have been abused.
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