Port Authority law enforcement recently apprehended a Newark New Jersey man who allegedly committed a sexual offense while using public transit.
The sex crime was reportedly committed a short time before 8:30 a.m., during the morning commute for most people on board the train. According to authorities, the suspect inappropriately touched a 24-year-old Essex County female while riding a PATH train in Jersey City, NJ.
The victim immediately contacted Port Authority police and alerted them to the incident. Police conducted an investigation and was able to obtain video surveillance footage that reportedly showed the suspect at the train station. Law enforcement then circulated a photograph of the suspect to police officers throughout the area.
Two Port Authority cops later spotted the suspect at the Journal Square PATH station in Jersey City, New Jersey. The suspect was then arrested without incident.
The suspect, 30-year-old Newark NJ man, has been charged with criminal sexual contact.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted of the sex crime, he faces significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3, criminal sexual contact is usually classified as a fourth degree criminal offense. A conviction on the fourth degree felony could result in a sentence of up to 18 months in NJ State Prison.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was taken to the Hudson County Jail in Harrison, New Jersey.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Newark Man Accused of Groping Woman about PATH Train, Cops Say.”