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Jersey City man allegedly kidnaps and sexually assaults teen

A Jersey City man, 54, has been charged and arrested for the kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault of a boy, 14,  after he allegedly barricaded the teen in his apartment and sexually assaulted him.

According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, law enforcement arrested Robert Harper at his residence on Union Street in Jersey City just before 5 p.m. on Friday, March 26.

He is charged with Kidnapping, a crime of the first degree; Aggravated Sexual Assault, a crime of the first degree; two counts of second-degree Sexual Assault; Aggravated Sexual Contact, a crime of the third degree; and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the third degree.

According to the HCPO, the sexual assault occurred after the teen allegedly met Harper at Berry Lane Park on Wednesday, March 24.

Harper allegedly invited the teen to his apartment and the teen voluntarily went to the apartment.

Harper later allegedly barricaded the teen in the residence and allegedly sexually assaulted him before the teen was able to get out.

The teen immediately ran to the police to report the incident.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Jersey City Police Department for the investigation and arrest.

A detention hearing for Harper is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, March 31.

The above charges are merely accusations. Harper is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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