FREEHOLD, NJ — Two Asbury Park brothers have been charged with kidnapping and sexual assault of at least three juveniles, among multiple related offenses, after allegedly offering them a ride on April 22, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Wilson Cesaire, 21, and Wilfrid Cesaire, 28, were arrested on May 1 and charged with four counts each of first-degree kidnapping, fourth-degree cruelty and neglect, and fourth-degree endangering another person. Wilson Cesaire was also was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Wilfrid Cesaire was also charged with four counts of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
Both are being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute, Freehold, pending their detention hearing scheduled for May 6.
After initially being reported missing from Millstone in the early morning hours of April 22, four juveniles were located later that same day in Asbury Park and Neptune Township, according to a press release by the prosecutor’s office.
An investigation by the Asbury Park Police Department revealed that a vehicle, occupied by the Cesaire brothers, approached the juveniles as they were walking and offered them a ride. The juveniles were brought to a QuickChek convenience store in Manalapan and ultimately to the residence of the Cesaire brothers on Asbury Avenue in Asbury Park, the release said.
The Cesaire brothers provided the juveniles with marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol. Three of the minors reported being sexually assaulted, it said.
“This must be repeated over and over again — you do not take rides from strangers. There are predators who will obviously take advantage of any situation as it presents itself,” said Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Investigators are seeking additional information about the Cesaire brothers’ activities and are looking to identify other possible victims or suspects. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Lemar Whittaker of the Asbury Park Police Department at 732-775-2578.
If convicted, the defendants are facing up to life imprisonment and would be subject to parole supervision for life and required to register under Megan’s Law. The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Zanzuccki.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all trial rights guaranteed by the federal and state law.
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