A 46-year-old laundry shop owner had been having sex with a girl a third his age until police put a stop to it this week.
The now-15-year-old told investigators on Wednesday that John O’Connell of Saddle Brook picked her up at arranged locations and took her to various spots in Bergen and Passaic counties for sex, beginning last August, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said.
He wouldn’t say how authorities originally learned of the encounters.
However, Molinelli said detectives arrested O’Connell — who is single and reportedly owns businesses in Union City and Passaic — yesterday after interviewing the girl.
O’Connell was expected to post $100,000 bail. He is charged with sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child.
Molinelli cited Elmwood Park Police for their work in the investigation.