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NJ Firefighter, Wife Charged with Explicit Contact With Teen Inside Home

By rlsmetro on
Burlington County

In July, authorities in Burlington County said a Beverly City husband and wife have been charged with sexually assaulting a teenager in their home.

According to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office, Luis Morales-Sarmiento, 33, and Katherine Morales-Sarmiento, 22, who lives in the 500 block of Wheatley Avenue, were charged with Sexual Assault (Second Degree) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Third Degree).

Police took the couple into custody Monday at the Prosecutor’s Office and released them yesterday following a first appearance in Superior Court in Mount Holly. The case will now be prepared for presentation to a grand jury for possible indictment, officials said. 

Authorities began their investigation after the teenager’s mother contacted police to report the assault.

Officials said the investigation revealed that Luis Morales-Sarmiento, who is acquainted with the victim, invited him to his home and then took him to the couple’s bedroom, where the sexual contact occurred.

Officials said Morales-Sarmiento is a volunteer firefighter in Beverly City.

Anyone who may have been victimized by these defendants is encouraged to call the BCPO Major Crimes Unit – Special Victims Section at 609-265-5035 and ask for a detective.