Assault, Endangering Charges Filed Against Barnegat Man

Sep 18, 2017
Source: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office JESSE CHRISTIANSEN, 35, of Barnegat, NJ

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Barnegat Police Chief Chief Richard Dugan on Monday announced the arrest of Jesse Christiansen for attempted sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Al Della Fave, prosecutor’s office spokesman, said that shortly after 9 p.m. last Wednesday, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department radio room received a call of an attempted sexual assault involving an 11-year-old female. The subsequent investigation by Barnegat Police Det. William Hetrick and Ocean County Prosecutor Special Victims Det. Stephanie Bayha alleges the 35-year-old Barnegat resident offered the victim candy and a wine cooler if she would lift her shirt and allow him to touch her in an inappropriate manner. The victim did not comply and reported the defendant’s actions to her mother. 

Della Fave said Senior Assistant Prosecutor Christine Lento reviewed the investigation and approved the charges. On Thursday, detectives from the partnering agencies arrested Christiansen, who is being held in the Ocean County Jail on the two complaints as well as an outstanding warrant for shoplifting. —E.E.

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