Prosecutor: 2 men sexually assaulted 15-year-old from Ohio in North Bergen motel

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Two men were charging with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl from Ohio in a North Bergen motel, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Norman Berry and Tyrell Piazza. Photos courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Earlier today, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit charged two men who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl and endangered a 14-year-old girl after the two girls were brought to New Jersey from Ohio, Suarez said in a statement.

Norman Berry, 32, of Bronx, New York, was charged with sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Tyrell Piazza, 31, of Jersey City, was charged with sexual assault, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Piazza was arrested at approximately 1:30 a.m. this morning at the Lincoln Tunnel Motel, located at 3801 Tonnelle Ave., in North Bergen.

The endangering charges for both defendants are related to the sex acts, as well as providing drugs and alcohol to minors.

The two girls – who met Berry in Ohio – were brought by the defendant to New Jersey on
approximately February 24th and stayed in two motels in North Bergen.

During that time, the 15-year-old victim was sexually assaulted by Berry and another male – later identified as Piazza. Berry and Piazza also provided both girls alcohol and drugs.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit was notified of the alleged crimes by the New York Police Department Special Victims Unit after Berry traveled with the girls to New York City and the 14-year-old victim contacted a relative, who then contacted authorities.

Berry is being held in New York on separate, related charges.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the New York Police Department Special Victims Unit for the investigation and arrest.