Prosecutor: Union City man, 26, charged with aggravated sexual assault of 12-year-old girl


A Union City man, 26, has been charged with the aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl earlier this year, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Hermes Navarro-Cuevas. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The crimes occurred in January and February of this year when the victim was 12-years-old and the victim was known to the defendant.

This morning at approximately 12:40 a.m., Hermes Navarro-Cuevas was arrested by members of Homeland Security Investigations at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark.

He was turned over to members of the HCPO Special Victims Unit, who was investigating the matter, and then remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny pending his first court appearance.

The HCPO has filed a detention motion which is tentatively scheduled to be heard on May 18th.

Navarro-Cuevas has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault by contact, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Following his arrest, SVU Detectives discovered that Navarro-Cuevas has an outstanding criminal warrant out of North Carolina for an armed robbery that occurred in the town of Holly Springs. He was additionally charged as a fugitive from justice.

Suarez credited the SVU and the Union City Police Department with the investigation and Homeland Security Investigations, the Port Authority Police Department and the Special Victims Unit with the arrest.

Anyone wishing to report a sex crime should call the HCPO SVU at 201-915-1234.

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