Summit Man Indicted For Abuse Against A Minor

SUMMIT — A Summit man was indicted last week in Union County after an investigation revealed that he allegedly sexually abused a young boy on a regular basis over a period of six years, Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas Jr. announced.

Jose Jimenez, 51, of Orchard Street in Summit was indicted on Friday of first degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second degree sexual assault and second degree endangering the welfare of a child. The victim was eight years old when the abuse started, according to the investigators.

An investigation was launched in January by Det. Matthew Bunin of the Summit Police Department after the child disclosed the abuse to his mother. Jimenez was arrested on a Grayhound Bus in New Mexico, near the United State’s border with Mexico on Jan. 30. He was returned to Union County and is being held on $300,000 bail.

This remains an active investigation and authorities are urging anyone with additional information to contact Union County Prosecutor’s Office Det. Brian O’Malley at 1-908-965-3809.

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

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