PATERSON, NJ- A Paterson resident has been arrested in connection with incidents involving attempts to lure three juvenile females into a motor vehicle. The incidents, which occurred in August and October of 2017, prompted Acting Superintendent Eileen Shafer to urge parents to be “extra vigilant”.
In one incident the assailant is alleged to have exposed himself to an 11 year old female while attempting to lure her into his vehicle.
According to a report from the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, David Cardona, 26, a Paterson resident, has been charged with three counts of Second Degree Luring or Enticing a Child; one count of Second Degree Assault; and one count of Third Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
The second degree charges carry maximum jail terms of ten years each and the third carries a maximum of five years, all in New Jersey State Prison. Under the No Early Release Act Cardona would have to serve 85 percent of the sentence before being eligible for parole if found guilty of Second Degree Sexual Assault.
Each crime also carries additional penalties of Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for life.
The investigation was conducted by members of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Paterson Police Department.