According to recent reports, authorities confirmed that Luan Silva, a 22-year old Cliffside Park man (pictured left) has been taken into custody on charges ofAggravated Sexual Assault (first degree) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (third degree). The arrest stems from allegations that Silva, who works at a local car detailing company, has been sexually assaulting the 11-year old victim at her home in Cliffside Park.
The victim apparently recently confided in school officials, who alerted authorities of the abuse. An investigation was subsequently conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, the Cliffside Park Police Department, and the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP – formerly DYFS), which revealed that the abuse had been taking place over a period of several years.
Silva is being held at the Bergen County jail in lieu of $400,000 bail. He is next scheduled to appear at the Bergen County Superior Court on July 10th.
For more information on the arrest, see the NJ.com article entitled, “Cliffside Park man accused of prolonged sexual abuse of 11-year-old girl.”
If convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault, a crime of the first degree (the most serious under our criminal code), Silva will face a term of incarceration between 10 and 20 years in New Jersey State Prison, 85% of which would have to be served before the benefit of parole under the No Early Release Act (NERA) for violent offenders. He will also be subjected to a number of additional penalties for convicted sex offenders.