UNION, NJ – A man, allegedly responsible for the aggravated sexual assault of an elderly Union woman last week, has been charged with sexual assault and burglary, according to Union Police Director Daniel Zieser and acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo.

An investigation initiated by the Union Police Department, with assistance from the Special Victims Unit of the Prosecutor’s Office, revealed that in the early morning hours of Monday, July 6, an elderly woman was sexually assaulted in her Union home and identified Darby as a suspect, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen Dillon, who is prosecuting the case.  The area of the victim’s home was not released.

Richard Darby, 34, of Bronx, New York, is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree burglary, second-degree sexual assault, and third-degree aggravated sexual contact during the commission of a burglary.

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Criminal charges were filed against Darby on July 6, however Darby remained at large until the afternoon of Wednesday, July 8, when members of the Special Victims Unit located him near Manila Avenue in Jersey City.  Given the nature of the crime, the Prosecutor’s Office moved to detain Darby in jail pending trial. Judge Regina Caulfield, P.J.Cr. has now granted that request following a hearing in Superior Court yesterday.

Anyone with further information about Darby’s activities is urged to contact Union Police Det. Michael Theissen 908-851-5030, Special Victims Unit Det. Joanne Son at 908-477-1698, or Sgt. Keyla Live at 908-370-6793. 

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.