Mullica Man Charged for Assault of Child

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MAYS LANDING NJ – On August 15, 2022, detectives from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit in cooperation with the Mullica Township Police Department and New Jersey State Parole arrested 33-year-old Marcelino Cruz of Mullica Township for the sexual assault of an Atlantic County juvenile.

“The investigation uncovered that Cruz, who was released from New Jersey State Prison in November 2021 as a registered sex offender subject to Parole Supervision for Life, engaged in an act of sexual penetration with the juvenile during the first week of August of this year,” prosecutors said today. “The investigation began when the victim’s mother discovered disturbing electronic communications on the juvenile’s phone. After the victim’s disclosure, law enforcement officers were able to recover those electronic communications between Cruz and the victim which provided further evidence of the assault.”

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