Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Deputy Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora announce yesterday’s arrest of David Cardona, 26, of Paterson, for allegedly luring children into a motor vehicle in two separate incidents in August and October of 2017.
After an investigation conducted by members of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Paterson Police Department, Mr. Cardona was charged with three counts of Second Degree Luring or Enticing a Child; one count of Second Degree Sexual Assault and one count of Third Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for luring an 11-year-old girl into a motor vehicle and exposing himself to her in August 2017 and for luring two additional girls, ages 11 and 13, into a motor vehicle in October 2017.
Second Degree Luring or Enticing a Child carries a maximum term of ten years in New Jersey State Prison; Second Degree Sexual Assault carries a maximum term of ten years in New Jersey State Prison with 85% of the sentence to be served before parole pursuant to the No Early Release Act and Third Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child carries a maximum term of five years in New Jersey State Prison. Each crime carries the additional penalties of Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for Life.
If anyone has information relating to this matter, members of the public are encouraged to contact Detective Ricardo Vazquez of the Paterson Police Department at 973-321-1120.
Central Judicial Processing is scheduled for Thursday, November 2, 2017 in the Criminal Division, Superior Court of New Jersey, Passaic Vicinage, at 1:30PM. The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a motion to detain Cardona, which will be before a judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey.