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Man arrested for allegedly grabbing 15-year-old’s butt in Kohl’s restroom in Mansfield Twp

MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A Morris County man was arrested after he allegedly grabbed a boy’s butt while he was inside a Kohl’s restroom in Mansfield Township, police said.

On Oct. 19, at 6:49 p.m., township police responded to Kohl’s, located at 1875 Route 57, for a report of criminal sexual contact, police said.

According to police, a 15-year-old boy reported that he was in the restroom when he was approached from behind by an adult male. The man then allegedly grabbed the boy’s buttocks and smiled at him before entering a stall.

The boy then reported the incident to his mother who immediately called police.

After a police investigation, Benjamin Vanvalen, 21, of Long Valley was arrested at his residence on Oct. 24. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual contact and third-degree endangering the welfare of a juvenile, police said.

Vanvalen was lodged in the Warren County Correctional Facility pending a court appearance.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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