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A 54-year-old Jersey City man has been charged kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy.

According to The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office the defendant, Robert Harper, met the teen at Berry Lane Park on Wednesday. Harper

Robert Harper

allegedly invited the teen to his house, barricaded the doors and proceeded to sexually assault him. The teen immediately ran to the police to report the incident.

Yesterday, Harper was arrested at his residence on Union Street.

Harper was charged with Kidnapping; Aggravated Sexual Assault; two counts of second-degree Sexual Assault; Aggravated Sexual Contact; and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Jersey City Police Department for the investigation and arrest.

A detention hearing for Harper is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, March 31, 2021.