A Kearny man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 32-year-old mentally incapacitated woman after her mother reported the incident to Paterson police, Passaic County Prosecutor Carmelia Valdes announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Horus Nunez-Velazquez, 35, of Kearny, is charged with one count of first-degree kidnapping, multiple counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, and fourth-degree refusal to allow a biological sample to be drawn, Valdes said in a statement.
The charges came following a joint investigation by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Sexual Investigations Unit in conjunction with the Paterson Police Department.
Nunez-Velazquez was apprehended in Pennsylvania on June 9th, processed on his outstanding arrest warrant which was filed on February 17th, and subsequently extradited back to New Jersey.
On May 19th, the mother of a 32-year-old mentally incapacitated woman contacted the Paterson Police Department to report her daughter missing from her residence.
The investigation revealed that Nunez-Velazquez had met the woman online, picked her up from her residence, took her to a nearby park, and then to his apartment.
During a forensic interview, the woman disclosed numerous sexual acts with Nunez-Velazquez in a park, in his car and in his apartment.
NunezVelazquez drove the woman back to her home and shoved her out of his vehicle when he noticed he was being followed by the woman’s family.
Nunez-Velazquez was later identified as the suspect, was charged accordingly, and taken into custody.
The sentencing exposure on first degree kidnapping is a minimum of 25 years in New Jersey State Prison without the possibility of parole.
The sentencing exposure on first degree aggravated sexual assault is 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison with 85 percent of the term to be served before parole eligibility pursuant to the No Early Release Act.
Additionally, sentencing exposure on third degree aggravated criminal sexual contact is three to five years in New Jersey State Prison, while fourth degree refusal to allow biological sample to be drawn carries a maximum of 18 months.
If convicted, Nunez-Velazquez would be required to submit to an evaluation as to the nature of his sexual conduct at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Avenel.
He will also be subject to Parole Supervision for Life and Megan’s Law registration requirements upon conviction.
Nunez-Velazquez is currently detained at the Passaic County Jail. The State filed a motion for pretrial detention, which was granted by Superior Court Judge Marybel Mercado-Ramirez yesterday.
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident, or other incidents regarding this individual, to contact them on their tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO.