ELIZABETH, NJ - Trenton resident Sylvester Meyers has been arrested and charged in connection with a sexual assault that took place in Elizabeth last month, acting Union County Prosecutor Ruotolo and Elizabeth Police Department Chief Giacomo Sacca and Director Earl Graves jointly announced Monday.

Meyers, 37, is charged with second-degree sexual assault and third-degree aggravated assault by strangulation.

On Monday, August 31, members of the Elizabeth Police Department received information that an adult female had been sexually assaulted at her home in Elizabeth, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Desimone, who is prosecuting the case.

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An investigation involving members of the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit and the Elizabeth Police Department resulted in Meyers being identified as a suspect, and he was arrested without incident on Thursday in Monroe Township (Middlesex County). A first appearance and detention hearing were subsequently scheduled to take place in Union County Superior Court.

Anyone with information about this matter or any other activities on the part of Meyers is being urged to contact Elizabeth Police Department Detective Jennifer Perez at 908-558-2013. Suspected criminal activity can also be reported via the Union County Crime Stoppers; tips can be submitted anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at www.uctip.org.

Convictions on second-degree criminal charges are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison, with third-degree crimes yielding terms of 3 to 5 years.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.