2012-11-22 / Front Page

Sexual assault charges filed

JACKSON — Following an investigation, a Jackson man was arrested on Nov. 9 and accused of engaging in sexual acts with a local minor.

Police said Michel Aboelkhear, 25, was suspected of having sexually assaulted a child who was at least 13 years old, but less than 16 years old, and that the suspect was at least four years older than the victim.

According to Jackson police Lt. Steven Laskiewicz, Aboelkhear was a friend of the child’s family and had access to the child.

Jackson Detective Sgt. Frank Mendez and Jackson Detective Mitch Cowit began the investigation after the child’s parents alerted the police of the purported incident.

No additional information about the alleged crime was available.

Aboelkhear was charged with second degree sexual assault, second degree endangering the welfare of a child and third degree endangering the welfare of a child. His bail was set at $125,000. Aboelkhear was placed in the Ocean County Jail, Toms River. He is not permitted to have any contact with the child, according to police.

Jackson police officers Michael Grochowski and Edward Howe assisted during the Nov. 9 arrest.

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