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Paterson Go-Go Bar Owner Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Dancer


Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announces the arrest of John Acunto, 62, from Ho-Ho-Kus. 

According to Prosecutor Valdes, Mr. Acunto was arrested without incident on June 8, after an investigation conducted by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Sexual Investigations Unit. Mr. Acunto is charged with sexual assault and criminal sexual contact.

Prosecutor Valdes stated that on September 28, 2021, the Paterson Police Department responded to a report of a sexual assault at Johnny A’s Hitching Post, an adult entertainment club in Paterson. 

After that, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office collected evidence and interviewed the victim and witnesses. 

The investigation revealed that the owner of the establishment, Mr. Acunto, sexually assaulted a dancer at the club in a VIP room on the premises.

Mr. Acunto is currently detained at the Passaic County Jail. The State has filed a motion for pretrial detention which will be heard before a Superior Court Judge on a date and time to be determined by the Court.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident or other incidents regarding this individual to contact them on their tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO.

For media inquiries concerning this case, contact Assistant Prosecutor Alanna Jereb of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Major Crimes Division, Sexual Investigations Unit at or at (973) 837-7695.