NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  A foreign exchange student who rented a room in a New Brunswick home was sexually assaulted by another resident of the home who entered her room while she was sleeping, authorities said.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Director Anthony Caputo of the New Brunswick Police Department announced that a New Brunswick man was arrested and charged today with sexually assaulting the 23-year old student in a New Brunswick residence in which individual rooms are for rent.

Emmanuel Romero, 22, of New Brunswick was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault in the 1st degree, one count of aggravated assault in the 2nd degree, two counts of aggravated assault in the 3rd degree, one count of aggravated criminal sexual contact in the 3rd degree, one count burglary in the 2nd degree and one count of obstruction in the 4th degree.

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Romero, who resides at the New Brunswick residence, is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick pending an initial court appearance in New Brunswick Superior Court.

He was arrested and charged during an investigation by Detective Victor Delgado of the New Brunswick Police Department and Detective Oscar Ayala of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

During the investigation it was determined that Romero entered the bedroom of the foreign exchange student on July 25, 2018, at approximately 2 a.m. while she was sleeping and began strangling and sexually assaulting the woman. A struggle ensued, and the victim sustained serious injuries after her descent down a flight of stairs. She was taken to a nearby hospital and required surgery for her injuries.

Police began the investigation after another resident of the residence  called 911.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Delgado at (732) 745-5200, or Detective Ayala at (732) 745-4045.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Romero are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.