Belleville Man Arrested For Sexual Assault & Kidnapping of Child

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Clifton Police Chief Thomas Rinaldi announce the arrest of 24-year old, Andres Vasquez from Belleville, New Jersey.   Vasquez was arrested on June 3, 2022, after an investigation conducted by the Clifton Police Department, with assistance from the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Sexual Investigations Unit.

Vasquez is charged with first degree aggravated sexual assault, first degree kidnapping, second degree sexual assault, third degree endangering the welfare of a child, third degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, third degree criminal restraint, fourth degree criminal sexual contact, and second degree burglary.

On May 31, 2022, the Clifton Police Department responded to a report of a home invasion and sexual assault of a minor.  Thereafter, the Clifton Police Department collected evidence and interviewed the victim and witnesses. The investigation revealed that Mr. Vasquez climbed through the window of the victim’s bedroom, confined the victim in the room, then strangled and sexually assaulted the victim.

The sentencing exposure on first degree Aggravated Sexual Assault is ten to twenty years in New Jersey State Prison with eighty-five percent of the term to be served before parole eligibility pursuant to the No Early Release Act and on first degree kidnapping is a minimum of twenty-five years in New Jersey State Prison without the possibility of parole.  Second degree sexual assault and second degree burglary both carry five to ten years in New Jersey State Prison with an eighty-five percent parole disqualifier.

The sentencing exposure on third degree endangering the welfare of a child and on third degree aggravated criminal sexual contact is three to five years in New Jersey State Prison each. Fourth degree criminal sexual contact carries a maximum of eighteen months. If convicted, Mr. Vasquez would be required to submit to an evaluation as to the nature of his sexual conduct at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Avenel. He will also be subject to Parole Supervision for Life and Megan’s Law registration requirements upon conviction.

Vasquez is currently detained at the Passaic County Jail. The State filed a motion for pretrial detention, which will be heard by a Superior Court Judge on a date to be determined by the Court.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident or other incidents regarding this individual to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO.