Police Blotter

Courthouse Guard Charged with Sexual Assault

 

PATERSON, NJ – A 53-year-old Wayne man who worked as a temporary security guard at the Passaic County Courthouse has been arrested on sexual assault charges stemming from alleged incidents with a 13-year-old in 2000.

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Sheriff Richard Berdnik on Wednesday announced the early morning arrest of James Perna, a Passaic County Volunteer Special Deputy Sheriff.

Sign Up for E-News

Authorities said that on Tuesday the alleged victim reported incidents of sexual abuse to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office. The victim, now 26 years old, told detectives that Perna committed sexual acts upon him when he was 13 and employed as summer help in Perna’s “Totowa Health Food Store”.

The victim said the sexual abuse happened on numerous occasions over a period of eight weeks, from June 2000 to August 2000, according to a press release issued by the sheriff and prosecutor. The sex acts sometimes occurred in the Union Avenue health food store, according to authorities.

The press release said that Perna’s arrest was based upon the complaint of the one alleged victim, but that “the evidence suggests that there may be additional victims who are reluctant to come forward.”

Perna has been charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit conducted the investigation, with assistance from the Passaic County Sheriff.

Perna’s bail has been set at $300,000.00.

Authorities are asking that anyone with information about this investigation contact Det. Lt. Steve Batte at 862-236-0436.

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

Paterson

Upcoming Events

Fri, March 24, 10:30 AM

North Salem Firehouse, North Salem

BETTER BALANCE PLUS

Education Health & Wellness

Fri, March 24, 2:30 PM

Peg Williams Gallery at Short Stories Bookshop & Community Hub, Madison

Group Art Show: Optimism in Action

Arts & Entertainment Business & Finance Education Giving Back Health & Wellness

Sat, March 25, 2:30 PM

Peg Williams Gallery at Short Stories Bookshop & Community Hub, Madison

Group Art Show: Optimism in Action

Arts & Entertainment Business & Finance Education Giving Back Health & Wellness

Paterson Education Association Offended by Superintendent Comments to Out of State Publication

March 24, 2017

To the Paterson Community:

The Union happened to stumble upon an article from Rhode Island Monthly which discusses Donnie Evans.  http://www.rimonthly.com/core/pagetools.php?pageid=4269&url=%2FRhode-Island-Monthly%2FMay-2007%2FSchool-Daze%2F&mode=print

It has come to the Paterson Education Association's (P.E.A.) attention that while Superintendent in Providence Rhode ...

Photo of the Day: Gubernatorial Candidate Steven Rogers on the Campaign Trail

March 18, 2017

NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley Commissioner Steven Rogers  the campaign trail along the Jersey Shore.

Rogers told TAPinto Nutley "The voters are telling me that they don't care who the County Committee endorses. They are supporting us."   

TAPinto.net first broke the story of Rogers' plan to run for statewide office in November 2016. TAPinto Nutley ...

March is Red Cross Month

March 12, 2017

 

The American Red Cross sets aside the month of March as Red Cross Month, a time to celebrate our every day heroes who help their neighbors when they need it most.

 

The Red Cross depends on compassionate local individuals to deliver help and hope to people in need during an emergency. Last year, the Red Cross New Jersey Region responded to more than 760 local disasters such ...