PATERSON, NJ - A Wharton man, Julio Mejia, 39, was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a female minor while driving part-time with a ride-share company, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Prospect Park Police Chief Charlie Atie.

The incident was believed to have taken place between August 18, 2019, and September 24, 2019.  Mejia was "an active member of the armed services" when he was placed under arrest, according to authorities.

Following the investigation which led to his arrest, Mejia was charged with two counts of sexual assault in the second degree, carrying a maximum prison sentence of ten years; one count of endangering the welfare of a child in the third degree, carrying a maximum prison sentence of five years; and two counts of criminal sexual contact in the fourth degree, carrying a maximum prison sentence of 18 months.

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The State of New Jersey filed a motion for a pretrial detention to be heard on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, in Superior Court by Judge Donna Gallucio.  The Prosecutor's Office said that a criminal complaint is an accusation and that defendants are "presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt."

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