ELIZABETH, NJ - Jonathan Tavara-Nima, 32, from Elizabeth has been sentenced to twenty-five years in state prison for sexually assaulting a young child he was hired to care for in May of 2017.
An investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Union Police Department revealed Tavara-Nima was hired by the then-6-year-old girls family in 2016 via the website Care.com and to look after her on a regular basis, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Tracy Boyd.
After his employment as a caregiver ended, Tavara-Nima still traveled to the child’s home, sometimes uninvited, and took her out to the movies or to a local park, Boyd said. On Monday, May 15, 2017, Tavara-Nima told the child's mother that he was going to take her to see a film, but instead traveled with her to a store to buy her a new dress and stockings, ordered a takeout meal, and took her to the Benedict Motel on U.S. Routes 1and 9 in Linden, where he sexually assaulted her.
Authorities said, Tavara-Nima pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree aggravated sexual assault of a minor in November 2017.
“Our lives changed forever on May 15,” read a statement by the victim’s father that was read into the record Friday. “It took me all my strength and great will to pen these words. The evil acts committed by Jonathan on our innocent daughter are haunting her now and will for the rest of her life.”
State Superior Court Judge John Deitch set down terms on Friday that Tavara-Nima, must serve the full twenty-five years before the possibility of parole. Tavara-Nima also will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and be subject to parole supervision for life.
Anyone with additional information about Tavara-Nima’s activities, or anyone who may have hired him to care for a child, is urged to contact Special Victims Unit Detective Josh Rios at 908-965-3809.