Man accused of sexually assaulting 14-year-old girl in Union City back in jail

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A Bergen County man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-girl at a church festival in Union City last month will remain detained until his charges are resolved, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey ruled.

Wilfredo Hernandez. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Wilfredo Hernandez, 48, of Ridgefield Park, was arrested on September 30th after allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl church festival, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said last month.

At the time, he was charged with with sexual assault, luring and enticing a child, criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child, officials said.

Hernandez was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny pending his first appearance. The HCPO filed a motion for pretrial detention of the defendant and a hearing on the motion was held on October 3rd.

At the hearing, the state argued for detention of the defendant and the Defense argued for the release of the defendant.

However, the Hudson County Superior Court, Criminal Part ordered Hernandez to be released on level three plus monitoring which included home detention, no contact with the alleged victim and no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18 and was set to live with a friend in Union City.

But on the very next day, October 4th, the appellate court granted the state’s application for emergent review of the trial court’s order and established an expedited schedule to review the matter.

The Appellate Division ruled that Hernandez had inappropriate living arrangements, did not
have any close ties to the community and lacked stable employment. Therefore, the conditions of his release were inadequate to ensure the safety of the community.

As a result, he is now currently in custody until his case is resolved, authorities said.

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