ELIZABETH — A Union County Grand Jury returned an eight count indictment against two Plainfield men yesterday, charging one with kidnapping and both with sexually assaulting a mentally disabled woman earlier this year, announced Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.
Edward Woodson, 31, allegedly asked the then 30-year-old victim to come to his house around 9 p.m. on Jan. 31 for a Bible study, said Assistant Prosecutor Patricia L. Cronin, who is prosecuting the case. At the time, the victim was preparing for a baptism at a church frequented by both Woodson and the victim.
According to the investigation, Woodson brought the victim to his family’s home where he met up with a neighbor, Marcal Campbell, 31. Together they allegedly brought the victim into the basement of the Woodson residence where the men then simultaneously sexually assaulted her, according to Cronin.
The woman then spent the night sitting in a chair in Woodson’s bedroom, said Cronin. At 6 a.m. on Feb. 1, Woodson allegedly forced the victim out of the house and into a falling snow. Not properly dressed for the elements, the victim spent at least two hours outside begging for a ride home from strangers. Eventually members of Woodson’s family found the freezing victim in the front of the house and arranged for and paid for a taxi to bring her home, authorities said.
The victim reported the assault to relatives and she was taken to a local hospital for treatment, said Cronin.
A joint investigation was conducted by Plainfield Police Detective Ed Rivera and Union County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Brian O’Malley. Dozens of interviews were conducted, physical and biological evidence was collected and analyzed.
This remains an active investigation and authorities urge anyone with information to contact Det. O’Malley at 1-908-965-3809.
Both Woodson and Campbell are being held at the Union County Jail on $300,000 bail.
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