Man Charged with Heinous Sexual Assault of 4-Year-Old in Union City – Arrested by U.S. Marshal Service and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office

Man charged with Sexual Assault of 4 year old boy
Disturbing: Man Charged with Heinous Sexual Assault of 4-Year-Old in Union City – Arrested by U.S. Marshal Service and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office

A horrific incident came to light on Monday, July 31, 2023, as authorities arrested Jose Romero, 35, in connection with a deeply disturbing sexual assault of a 4-year-old male juvenile in Union City. The arrest, led by the United States Marshal Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, follows an intense and unwavering investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit.

The allegations against Romero have sent shockwaves through the community. The young victim, unrelated to the accused, was a frequent visitor to Romero’s residence, making the charges all the more alarming. Romero now faces charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault, a crime of the first degree, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2a(1), and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the third degree, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a(1).

Following his arrest at his Union City residence, Romero was taken to the Hudson County Correctional Facility, where he awaits his initial court appearance. The State has filed a Detention Motion, slated for Friday, August 4, 2023.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez expressed her profound concern and deep gratitude to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the United States Marshal Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force for their tireless efforts in swiftly apprehending Romero. The collaboration and dedication of these law enforcement agencies are essential in ensuring justice for the victim and holding perpetrators accountable.

The allegations against Romero are profoundly distressing and serve as a chilling reminder of the necessity to safeguard vulnerable members of the community. As the investigation unfolds, authorities urge anyone with information related to this case or other potential sexual assaults to come forward and assist law enforcement. Reporting such incidents is pivotal in protecting the community and preventing further harm.

While Romero is presumed innocent until proven guilty, Prosecutor Suarez reassures the public that her office will leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice. The safety and well-being of all residents, particularly children, remain top priorities for law enforcement.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and the U.S. Marshal Service are resolute in their commitment to investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases diligently. The community can trust that the legal system will work relentlessly to ensure justice prevails in this deeply unsettling case.