For the second time this week, a man has been arrested in the sexual assault of his stepdaughter.
In this case, a 47-year-old Jersey City man was arrested on charges he sexually assaulted his 9-year-old stepdaughter.
The man, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim, was arrested yesterday by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit.
The assaults allegedly occurred in November of 2021 and March of 2022 inside of a Jersey City residence.
He is charged with Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
The man was arrested at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City and remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility pending his first court appearance.
The Prosecutor’s Office has filed a detention motion, which is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, 2022.
At least one study has shown that children are much more likely to be victimized by stepfathers than biological fathers. The study, which took place in San Francisco, revealed that “17 percent, or one out of approximately every six women who had a stepfather as a principal figure in her childhood years, was sexually abused by him. The comparable figures for biological fathers were 2 percent or one out of approximately 40 women.”
Prosecutor Suarez credited the Special Victims Unit with the investigation and arrest. Anyone wishing to report a sex crime should call the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit (SVU) at 201-915-1234.