Recently, Bergenfield NJ police officers arrested a man alleged to have exposed himself to four (4) children and one (1) adult near Cooper’s Pond in Bergenfield.
Last Thursday, Bergenfield police officers responded to reports of a man wearing blue shorts and a white shirt exposing himself to several people in public. After arriving on the scene, officers found 77-year-old Raul R. Gallardo nearby. Mr. Gallardo matched the description of the suspect.
Interviews with several witnesses at the scene confirmed that Mr. Gallardo was the suspect.
Officers arrested Mr. Gallardo. He was later charged with lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child.
In New Jersey, lewdness can be classified as either a fourth degree felony or a disorderly persons offense. As set forth by by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4, lewdness is a fourth degree offense if the offender exposes himself in a place where he or she knows that children less than 13 years old are likely to be present. Here, Mr. Gallardo is accused of exposing himself to young children in a public area. As a result, if convicted, he could face up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison. If the charge is brought as a disorderly persons offense, he could still be looking at a sentence of up to six (6) months in the county jail.
After being arrested, Mr. Gallardo was taken to the Bergen County Jail, where he was held on bail of $103,500.00.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Bergenfield Man Exposed Himself to Group of Kids, Police Say.”