WOODLAND PARK, NJ - A Woodland Park man was arrested on charges of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a minor, according to Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella.
Following a joint investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, and the Garfield Police Department, under the direction of Chief Raymond Kovach, Jose Rios, 43, was arrested in Paramus on Dec. 20.
The Garfield Police Department, on Dec. 12, had advised the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office that an unknown man was alleged to have engaged in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16. Rios was identified after an investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Garfield Police Department. It as determined that Rios traveled to the victim’s residence in Garfield, where they engaged in sexual intercourse.
Rios was charged with one count of sexual assault, a 2nd degree crime, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a 3rd degree crime. Following his Dec. 21 appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court, Rios was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing scheduled for Dec. 24.
Musella noted that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would like to thank the Garfield Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.