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Registered nurse arrested for sexual assault in Bergen County

A registered nurse, 38, has been arrested for sexual assault, according to media sources. The man is reportedly HIV positive and is accused of assaulting a teen.

He's also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and a count of a diseased person committing an act of sexual penetration, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.

The alleged sex acts between the nurse and a 14-year-old reportedly took place over a two-month period. The teen informed his parents of the acts; the parents then informed law enforcement officials, who later arrested the nurse.

The nurse lives in Bergenfield and was recently arrested by the police department there as well as by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Unit after an investigation of the allegations made by the teenager's parents.

The charges involve one in the second-degree (sexual assault) and two in the third-degree (endangering the welfare of a child; diseased person committing an act of sexual penetration).

The New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice states that "a person is guilty of a crime of the third degree if he or she is infected with human immune deficiency virus (HIV) or any other related virus identified as a probable causative agent of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and commits an act of sexual penetration without the informed consent of the other person."

The suspect's bail was set at $75,000 without a 10 percent option. He was eventually released from the county jail after posting bail.

One of the suspect's friends said the man is a "dedicated" nurse who is liked by his co-workers.

"We're hoping that he will be able to clear his name and get his life back," the friend said.

Source: gmanetwork.com, "Pinoy nurse with HIV charged for sex with minor in US," June 22, 2012

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