ROSELLE PARK, NJ — A Roselle Park tutor and substitute teacher, Nestor Saavedra, 49, was arrested and charged with inappropriately touching an Elizabeth teenager, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour.

Authorities say that an investigation led by Roselle Park Police Detective John Deegan revealed that Saavedra was tutoring the victim in his Roselle Park home when the sexual contact occurred. 

Saavedra was arrested Thursday evening and charged with third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact. He is scheduled to make a first appearance in court in the coming days. 

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Saavedra has also worked as a contracted substitute teacher in Elizabeth Public Schools since 2014, serving at various schools within the district. 

Anyone with information about his activities during that time is being urged to contact the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit Detective Nicholas Falcicchio at 908-721-8186. 

Convictions on third-degree crimes are commonly punishable by terms of 3 to 5 years in state prison. 

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

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