by Al DellaFave, OCPO
TOMS RIVER-Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced the arrest yesterday of ISTVAN MEHESZ, 58, of Monmouth Avenue, Lakewood, NJ. In a joint investigation conducted by Ocean County Special Victims Unit Det. Alex Dasti and Lakewood Police Det. Michael Cavallo, with assistance from the New Jersey State Police, the defendant is charged with two (2) counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault, three (3) counts of Sexual Assault, and three (3) counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
The (9/28) arrest stems from the partnering detective’s investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a 12-year-old female victim over the past year by Mehesz. The cooperating detectives overcame the Hungarian defendant’s inability to speak English by utilizing NJSP Trooper Kristina Pados as an interpreter in the case. Senior Assistant Prosecutor Christine Lento approved the above charges after reviewing the collected investigative facts.
The defendant was remanded to the Ocean County Jail pending his detention hearing. Nicole’s Order (No contact with victim) is mandated by the court.
The media and the public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.