The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit has arrested a 30-year-old Hoboken man on charges that he allegedly abused a five-year-old boy in his care.
Ivan Sanchez, 30, of Hoboken, has been charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the second degree, and Sexual Assault by Contact, a crime of the second degree.
On Aug. 10 members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit were notified by the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency about a possible child abuse case of a 5-year-old boy in Hoboken.
According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Sanchez allegedly physically abused the 5-year-old boy in multiple locations across his body causing severe bruising and injury, including on his face, ear, buttocks, lower back, upper back, and genitals.
Sanchez, who works as a janitor at the Hoboken Housing Authority, was arrested on Aug.11 at 2:40 p.m. at the agency’s Harrison Street office.
Executive Director of the Hoboken Housing Authority Marc Recko said he could not comment on personnel matters when asked how long Sanchez worked at the HHA among other questions, but did say that all HHA employees undergo a thorough background check before they are hired, and “if they were to have any record of that in their past, we would definitely not hire them.”
He said the HHA fully cooperated with the police during Sanchez’s arrest on their premises.
Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Hoboken Police Department for the investigation and arrest.
The above charges are merely accusations. Sanchez is presumed innocent until proven guilty.