Officers from the Mahwah Police Department recently arrested a man on charges for criminal sexual contact, following a report from a woman who worked with him at a restaurant in Mahwah, New Jersey.
According to James Batelli, Chief of Police at the Mahwah Police Department, 44-year-old Isaac Jacome allegedly assaulted his 34-year-old coworker after asking her to drop him off at his home in Suffern, New York, after work. The two are employees at The River Palm Terrace in Mahwah.
Jacome, who is originally from Mexico, is accused of assaulting the victim in her car before she fled and returned to the restaurant, at which time she notified the Mahwah Police. The victim told officers that Jacome seemed intoxicated when the alleged offense occurred.
Jacome is currently being held at the Bergen County Jail, with his bail set at $10,000. He is also now under investigation by immigration authorities.
Criminal sexual contact is governed under N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3b, and is considered a crime of the fourth degree, which is punishable by a term of incarceration of up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison. Mr. Jacome could be facing such penalties if he is convicted of the charges against him. Further, following a criminal conviction, Jacome risks deportation, pending an investigation of his immigration status and a determination by the court of whether his case constitutes criminal grounds for deportability.
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