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Sex Assault Arrest Prompts Hunterdon Prosecutor to Issue Message for Parents

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Michael F. Latronica Credits: Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office
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FLEMINGTON, NJ – A joint investigation has led to the arrest of a 41-year-old man on multiple sexual assault charges.

Michael F. Latronica, 41, of Hampton, was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree aggravated sexual assault; two counts of second-degree sexual assault; and two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, according to a press release issued today by Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III.

Latronica was arrested yesterday, Kearns said.

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An investigation by detectives from Kearns’ Special Victims Unit and State Police based at the Washington Barracks revealed the crimes took place in 2009 and involved children under the age of 13, according to the press release.  

Latronica is being held in the Somerset County Jail pending his first court appearance.

“Children are life’s most precious gift,” Kearns said. “Parents and guardians must remain vigilant at all times. Continual communication with children under your care is imperative to keeping them safe and children should be taught about appropriate boundaries.

“Crimes involving children are a heinous offense,” Kearns added in the statement. “If found guilty, the defendant can be sentenced up to 20 years in prison for the first degree charge.”

This investigation remains ongoing and anyone with additional information is asked to contact Kearns’ Special Victims Unit at 908-788-1129.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-321-0010 or by going to crimestoppershunterdon.com, or text messaging “HCTIPS” plus the tip message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Tipsters can also download the free mobile app “Tipsubmit” and select Hunterdon County to submit anonymous tips via text messaging. All tips are anonymous and kept confidential.

The press release was issued jointly by Kearns, his Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski and State Police Washington Station Commander Lt. Daniel Dalrymple

 

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