NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ —  A custodian employed by the New Providence Board of Education at Salt Brook Elementary School, was arrested and charged with attempted rape of a 13-year-old girl and other crimes last week in Colonie, N.Y. 

TAPinto first learned of the arrest and charges today, Wednesday, Aug. 14, when the New Providence Board of Education released the following statement: 

"On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, a custodial employee of the New Providence Board of Education (“Board”/”District”) was arrested by the Colonie Computer Crimes Unit.   The Board has been advised this employee is currently being detained in New York. As this is a personnel matter and it involves law enforcement, the District will have no further comment at this time.

Sign Up for E-News

When and if appropriate, as information is made known to the District, additional communication will be forthcoming."

Since receiving the Board of Education statement,  TAPinto New Providence obtained more information on the charges.

An article published by Spotlightnews.com reported that Recep Sandikci, a 45-year-old New Jersey man, was arrested on August 6, 2019, after traveling to Colonie, NY with the thought of having sex with a 13-year old girl he was communicating with online.

The Colonie Computer Crimes Unit acted on a tip from the FBI and Coeymans police about Sandikci having inappropriate contact with a 13-year-old girl, according to the article. Sandikci had a “sexual conversation” with the “girl” and sent “her” nude photos before making the trip north.

The article reported he is charged with the felonies of attempted rape, possession of a sexual performance by a child and two counts of disseminating indecent material to a minor.

TAPinto New Providence will update as more information becomes available.

Editor's Note: The charges are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.