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Summit Man, Owner of Cocoa the Goat, Arrested for Sexual Assault


SUMMIT, NJ - The Union County Prosecutor's Office announced today that Cyrus Fakroddin of Summit was arrested and charged on January 9, 2013 with 1st Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault against a person who was physically helpless.  Fakroddin has been previously best known to Summit and area residents because he is often seen walking a goat in downtown Summit and in 2011, Cocoa the goat was pictured on the cover of the 2011 Summit Hilltopper Annual Sports Journal. 

According to Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas, Jr., in the early morning of November 17, 2012 Fakroddin was in Manhattan and met a 19-year-old woman who was physically and mentally incapacitated after a night out with friends at a Manhattan nightclub. 

It is alleged that Fakroddin drove the woman in his van to his home in Summit where he sexually assaulted her. When the victim regained consciousness several hours later, she had no memory of meeting Fakroddin or traveling to his house.

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Suspecting she had been sexually assaulted, the victim sought medical attention in New York and after an examination, the criminal case was transferred to Union County, said Cernadas. Detective Michael Freeman and Sergeant Peter Frank of the Summit Police Department along with Detective Patricia Gusmano of the Prosecutor's Office investigated, gathered statements, and secured physical forensic evidence relating to the case.

Fakroddin is currently being held in the Union County Jail on $250,000 bail.

This remains an active investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Gusmano at (908) 527-4589.

Editor's Note: These criminal charges are mere accusations.  The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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