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Warren County man facing sexual assault, weapons charges

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County) – A Phillipsburg man is facing sexual assault and weapons charges in Phillipsburg, according to Warren County Prosecutor James Pfeiffer.

Paul F. Handibode, 42, was arrested and charged on Wednesday with one count of first-degree aggravated assault (victim less than 13-years-old), one count of first-degree attempted aggravated assault (victim less than 13-years-old), two counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child (sexual conduct), one count of fourth-degree possession of prohibited weapons, and one count of fourth-degree certain persons not to possess weapons, Pfeiffer said.

It’s alleged that Handibode committed an act of sexual penetration upon a child, when the child was under 13-years-old and committed an attempted act of sexual penetration upon the same child. He also allegedly endangered the welfare of a child by engaging in sexual conduct with a second victim, Pfeiffer said.

Handibode was allegedly in possession of a high capacity gun magazine as well as a machete, hatchet, and two hunting knives in his bedroom after being previously convicted of aggravated assault in New York State, Pfeiffer said.

Handibode was lodged in the Warren County Correctional Faculty pending a court appearance, Pfeiffer said.

The aggravated assault where the victim is less than 13-years-old is subject to life in New Jersey state prison under the “Jessica Lunsford Act”. The endangering the welfare of a child (sexual conduct), in a non-caretaking role, is punishable by up to five years in New Jersey state prison. All these crimes are subject to Megan’s Law Registration and parole supervision for life, Pfeiffer said.

The Warren County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit along with the Phillipsburg Police Department conducted the investigation and were assisted by the Warren County Tactical Response Team.

Jay Edwards

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