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Union City Resident Charged with Explicit Contact with 12-Year-Old Girl

By rlsmetro on
Union City

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said following an investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, Hermes Navarro-Cuevas, 26, of Union City was arrested on charges relating to the aggravated sexual assault of a teenage girl.

Prosecutor Suarez said the crime occurred in January and February of this year when the victim was 12-years-old.

The victim was known to the defendant.

On Friday, May 13, 2022, at approximately 12:40 a.m., Navarro-Cuevas was arrested by members of Homeland Security Investigations at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark.

Prosecutor Suarez said he was turned over to members of the Special Victims Unit and then remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny pending his first court appearance.

The Prosecutor’s Office has filed a detention motion which is tentatively scheduled to be heard on May 18, 2022.

Navarro-Cuevas has been charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14- 2a(1), a first-degree crime; Sexual Assault by Contact in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2b, a second- degree crime; and Endangering the Welfare of a Child in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a(1), a third- degree crime.  


Following his arrest, SVU Detectives discovered that Navarro-Cuevas has an outstanding criminal warrant out of North Carolina for an armed robbery that occurred in the town of Holly Springs.

He was additionally charged as a Fugitive from Justice in violation of N.J.S.A. 2A:160-10.

Prosecutor Suarez credited the Special Victims Unit and the Union City Police Department with the investigation and Homeland Security Investigations, the Port Authority Police Department and the Special Victims Unit with the arrest.

Anyone wishing to report a sex crime should call the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Unit (SVU) at 201-915-1234.

The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.