Man found guilty of sexual assault, attempted kidnapping of child in Morris County
MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – A Morris County jury finds a man guilty of sexual assault, attempted kidnapping of child, and other charges, according to Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.
Kyriakos Serghides, 41, of Rockaway Borough was found guilty of one count of second-degree sexual assault; one count of second-degree attempted kidnapping; one count of second-degree luring; one count of second-degree attempted sexual assault; and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, according to Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.
Serghides was acquitted of one count of third-degree terroristic threats; one count of third-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes; and one count of fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, Carroll said.
The charges arise from incidents that occurred in August and September of 2015 in Rockaway Township, Carroll said.
On August 28, 2015, while at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall, Serghides touched the private area of a 5-year-old boy in the food court restroom within the Mall. In addition, on September 10, 2015, Serghides lured another 5-year-old boy and attempted to leave the Target Store in Rockaway Township with him, Carroll said.
Serghides was arrested on September 11, 2015, on charges related to these incidents, Carroll said.
The charges against Serghides were tried before a jury between January 31, 2022 and February 10, 2022. The Honorable Robert M. Hanna, J.S.C. presided over the trial and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Reema Sethi Kareer and Assistant Prosecutor Jacqueline Marotta. The jury returned its verdict on February 10, Carroll said.
Serghides is scheduled to be sentenced on March 25, 2022. He remains in custody at this time, Carroll said.
The Rockaway Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit assisted in this investigation and prosecution, Carroll said.