Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced this morning that a Bayonne man has been charged in connection with a sex crime committed last July involving a 14-year old girl in the back seat of a car. In addition, the man is charged with giving alcohol to both the victim and another girl, aged 15, who witnessed the sex crime.
On Monday, February 14, 2022, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested 29-year old Michael Serrano on charges relating to an incident where he provided two minors with alcoholic beverages and then committed a sex crime on a 14-year old girl. Serrano is charged with aggravated criminal sexual contact, a crime of the third agree, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, also a crime of the third degree, plus two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, also a third degree crime.
Serrano was arrested at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City and remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility located in Kearny.
According to Prosecutor Suarez, on Friday, July 16 of last year, representatives from the Bayonne Medical Center Emergency Room contacted the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office after a 14-year-old girl reported being the victim of a sex crime. An investigation by the Special Victims Unit determined Serrano provided two teenage girls, ages 14 and 15, with alcoholic beverages. Serrano then parked behind a building on LeFante Way and committed a sex crime on the 14-year-old victim in the back seat of a vehicle. The 15-year-old was present when the crime was committed.
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. 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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