A Union City man has been arrested and charged for allegedly sexually assaulting multiple underage girls, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.
On Friday, Dec. 4, at approximately 5:10 p.m., members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested Carlos Menjivar. Menjivar, 78, was charged for multiple sexual crimes against three female juvenile victims.
He was arrested at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office (HCPO) in Jersey City without incident.
A number of charges
On Oct. 26, members of the HCPO’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) were notified by the Union City Police Department about the alleged crimes. Menjivar was arrested following an investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office SVU and the Union City Police Department.
Menjivar has been charged with aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault by contact. According to the Prosecutor’s Office, both charges involve incidents that allegedly occurred from 2006 to 2008.
The victim was nine to 11 years old when the alleged crimes occurred.
An additional charge has been filed involving a second victim who was nine when the crimes allegedly occurred.
Menjivar has been charged with another count of aggravated sexual assault. This charge involves multiple allegations that reportedly occurred from 2002 to 2003, the Prosecutor’s Office said.
Additional charges have been filed involving a third victim who was between seven and 12 years old when the crimes allegedly occurred.
Menjivar has been charged with a second count of sexual assault by contact and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. The Prosecutor’s Office said these charges involve multiple incidents that allegedly occurred between 2012 and 2017.
After his arrest, Menjivar was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny pending his first appearance in court. The Prosecutor’s Office has filed a motion for pretrial detention of the defendant.
A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 9. According to the Prosecutor’s Office, this is an ongoing investigation, and SVU is actively investigating this case.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1234 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s official website at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/tips/. All information will be kept confidential.
Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Union City Police Department with the investigation and arrest.
The above charges are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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