Union City man arrested on charges he sexually assaulted young girl

Rodrigo Rivera, 65, was apprehended by authorities on Jan. 27

Rodrigo Rivera, age 65, image via Prosecutor's Office

A Union City man has been arrested on charges he allegedly sexually assaulted a girl when she was between ages 6 and 8, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. On Jan. 27 members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested Rodrigo Rivera, 65, of Union City.

The victim is now 28 years old and reported the assaults occurred inside a Jersey City residence.

Rivera has been charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault, a crime of the first degree, and Sexual Assault, a crime of the second degree.

Rivera was arrested in Hackensack at approximately 5:20 p.m. and was remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility pending his first court appearance.

The Prosecutor’s Office has filed a Detention Motion which is scheduled for Feb. 2.

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.

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