Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit has arrested a 21-year-old Jersey City man on charges that he abused a nine-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl.
Jaimear Butler, age 21, of Jersey City, has been charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4A(2), a crime of the third degree; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Other Weapon) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5D, a crime of the fourth degree; Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes (Other Weapon) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4D, a crime of the third degree; Aggravated Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1B(7), a crime of the third degree; and Witness Tampering in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:28-5A(1)(2), a crime of the second degree.
On December 28, 2020, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit were notified by the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency about an allegation of two abused children who reside in Jersey City. During the investigation, it was revealed that Butler physically abused both children – a nine-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl – by intentionally burning them with a cigarette lighter on their bodies.
Butler was arrested on Monday, January 4, 2021 at approximately 4:30 p.m. at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.
Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit for the investigation and arrest.
The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).
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