NEW YORK MAN ARRESTED ON CHARGES HE LURED AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTED A 12-YEAR-OLD JERSEY CITY GIRL

 

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Freeport Police apprehended and arrested Cecilio Viera-Viera, age 21, of Freeport, New York, on charges that he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old female he met through social media.

Viera-Viera has been charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2a(1), a crime of the first degree; two counts of second-degree Sexual Assault by Contact in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2B; Luring and Enticing in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C13-6(A), a crime of the second degree; and Endangering the Welfare of a Child in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a(1), a crime of the third degree.

Viera-Viera met the victim on social media and lured her through conversations and interactions to meet him in person on June 4, 2021 in Jersey City, at which time he lured her into his vehicle and sexually assaulted her.

Viera-Viera was arrested at his home in Freeport, New York just after 5 p.m. without incident.

Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, the Jersey City Police Department, and the Freeport Police Department for 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. The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).