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Garfield teen held on suspicion of sexual assault

A Garfield teenager, 19, is being accused by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office of sexual assault in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child in the third degree.

He's accused of having sexual contact with a female acquaintance, 14.

The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Unit and Garfield police officers arrested the 19-year-old after being told by the girl's mother that the two had engaged in sexual contact.

Bail was set at $100,000 and the 19-year-old was taken to Bergen County Jail in lieu of posting that amount.

In an unrelated incident, a Kearny was recently arrested on a charge of attempted sexual assault and child endangerment by Passaic County sheriff's deputies.

The man, 30, is accused of engaging in online communications with undercover police officers who posed as a 12-year-old girl.

The man is accused of exposing himself by using a webcam, and on two occasions masturbating on-camera.

He was also charged with attempted lewdness in the presence of a minor, officials said.

He was arrested when sheriff's deputies arrived at his home on a recent morning and took him into custody without incident, a spokesperson said.

The suspect is apparently a citizen of India, in the United States on a student visa to study at Rutgers University in Newark. He reportedly also works at the university as a researcher.

Bail was set at $150,000.

Our Englewood law firm handles cases similar to the ones described in this blog post. For more information, please visit our Bergen County sex crimes page.

Source:, "Garfield teen is arrested on sexual assault charges," Aug. 23, 2012