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. 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.
Cruz, who was processed on a warrant, is charged with:
Sexual Assault – 2C: 14-2(c)(4) –SECOND DEGREE
Sexual Assault – 2C:14-2(c)(1)-SECOND DEGREE
Endangering the Welfare of a Child by Sexual Conduct – 2C:24-4a – THIRD DEGREE
Cruz is currently lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer, who represents the State in this matter, has moved to detain Cruz pending the resolution of the charges.
That hearing is presently scheduled for August 19, 2022 before Judge Patricia Wild.
***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ***
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.”
A DL photo of the defendant is not available.