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Rideshare driver from Morris County indicted on multiple counts of sexual assault against a juvenile

PROSPECT PARK BOROUGH, NJ (Passaic County) – A Morris County man has been indicted on multiple counts related to the sexual assault of a minor victim, whom he encountered as a passenger during the course of his part-time employment as a ride-share driver, according to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes.

A Passaic County Grand Jury has returned an indictment charging Julio Mejia, 41, of Wharton with several counts resulting from his sexual assault of a child between the ages of thirteen and sixteen, while he was at least four years older than the juvenile, that occurred in his vehicle in Prospect Park Borough between August 30, 2019 and September 21, 2019. At the time of his arrest, Mejia was an active member of the armed services, Valdes said.

Mejia was indicted on two counts of second-degree sexual assault, two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and one count of second-degree luring or enticing a child, Valdes said.

The sentencing exposure on second-degree sexual assault is five to ten years in New Jersey State Prison; on fourth-degree criminal sexual contact it is a maximum of eighteen months in New Jersey State Prison; on third-degree endangering the welfare of a child it is three to five years in New Jersey State Prison; and on second-degree luring or enticing a child it is five to ten years in New Jersey State Prison.

A Superior Court Judge previously denied the state’s motion for pretrial detention of Mejia, and he is on pretrial release pending the disposition of the case. He is scheduled for arraignment on a date to be determined before a Superior Court Judge.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org.

Jay Edwards

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